Written byShalini Ojha ·
Saeed, who planned the 2001 Parliament attack and the dastardly 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was nabbed on Wednesday, July 17. Earlier this month, Pakistan had booked him and 12 of his accomplices, for terror financing.
Here are more details.
This is the seventh time Saeed has been arrested since 2001, his first arrest being immediately after the Parliament attack.
But Pakistan administration let him go easy and he continued with his terrorist activities.
"We've seen this happen in the past. And we have been looking for sustained and concrete steps, not just window dressing," the official told media, giving a clear message to Pakistan. Notably, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan is due to visit the US next week.
When the official was asked if the US is convinced with Pakistan's actions against terror groups, he replied, "We're under no illusions about the support that we could see from Pakistan's military intelligence services to these groups. So we will look for concrete action."
He added Pakistan has pledged to take some initial action like seizing assets of these groups.
"Quite frankly, the previous arrest of Saeed hasn't made a difference and the LeT has been able to operate. So we're monitoring the situation. We do have concerns about links between these groups and Pakistan intelligence services in the military. That's no secret," the official added.
As reports of Saeed's arrest surfaced, Trump put out a tweet claiming the action was taken due to the pressure of the US.
"After a ten-year search, the so-called "mastermind" of the Mumbai terror attacks has been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him!" Trump tweeted, only to be corrected by everyone.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani wrote finding Saeed was never a problem.
"He operated freely and was highly visible. He has been arrested and released many times over. The president should immediately fire whoever gave him the wrong information," Haqqani said.
He also underscored that Saeed had been arrested several times before US-Pakistan talks but released soon after.
FYI Pakistan wasn't searching for him for 10 years. He’s been living freely, and was arrested and released in:— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) July 17, 2019
August 2006 (twice)
Let’s hold the 👏 until he’s convicted. https://t.co/qMtD7wgSp9
Like the US, India too has doubts over Pakistan's actions.
Addressing a press meet, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "It has been happening for a long time - arrest-release, arrest-release. He had been arrested after every major terror incident he perpetrates in India and then released on some grounds or other."
He hoped Saeed is brought to justice this time.
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