India warns of ‘resounding response’

India Friday said Hafiz Saeed’s comments on Kashmir are nothing but rearticulation of the agenda of “terrorists’ constituency which has thrived across the border” and such statements in the past had received an “appropriate and resounding response on the ground from the people and law enforcement agencies.”

After his release , Saeed said he would gather people across Pakistan for the “cause of Kashmir” and try to help Kashmiris get their “destination of freedom”.

Asked about it, a senior Home Ministry official said, “The principled and consistent stand of the government of India on the issue is that Jammu and Kashmir is and will remain an integral part of India.

“The recent statement of Hafiz Saeed is a rearticulation of the terrorists constituency which has thrived across the border.”

“I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir,” Saeed told his supporters after his release.

Saeed, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head and is accused by India of orchestrating the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed over 160 people, was freed earlier in the day from 11 months of house arrest by Judicial Review Board of the Lahore High Court, which said there was no evidence to hold him.

The US said it was “deeply concerned” with the release of Saeed.

“Lashkar-e-Taiba is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens,” US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said, referring to the party which is considered to be a front for JuD.

“The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes,” Nauert added.

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