US Pakistan's biggest enemy: Terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed
Terror mastermind wanted both in the US and India, Hafiz Saeed trained his guns against India and the US in a recent speech. He said that Pakistan's biggest enemy was the US. He asked the Pakistani government to shift focus from the US to building a relationship with India. He mocked the US for the bounty on his head.
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed: Most notorious Pakistani terrorist
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is one of the co-founders of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the chief of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD). Saeed is considered to be the brain behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. He is on NIA's most wanted list and countries such as the "United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia and Australia" have banned his LeT. But, he roams freely in Pakistan.
Bounty of $10 million on Saeed by US
In April 2012, the United States declared a bounty of "$10 million on Saeed for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks".
Key points of Hafiz's speech
Hafiz accused US for pressurizing Pakistan to not build nuclear arsenals and to reduce the size of Pakistan's army at the enemy's behest. He incited the people to fight for Kashmir claiming that "India cannot do anything." Saeed further dismissed the surgical strikes by the Indian Army as a "drama" that has bared India's false bluster.
US on Hafiz' comments: Won't dignify it with a response
The United States declined to react to Jamaat-ul-Dawa terrorist Hafiz Saeed's statements on America's ties with Pakistan. US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said that he would not exalt comments made by a terrorist with a rebuttal. He added that the Pakistan's government should take steps to shut down admittance to "areas inside their borders to terrorists."
Pakistani daily calls Saeed 'danger' to Pakistan's national security
Shortly after Hafiz Saeed's speech, a leading Pakistani daily questioned the government of Pakistan on why action against JuD's Hafiz Saeed and JeM chief Masood Azhar hasn't been taken. The editorial titled 'How to Lose Friends And Alienate People' called the two a "danger" to Pakistan. It further said that these two roamed freely while media's freedom was curtailed.