Beijing, May 24: China has dismissed as “shocking” and “baseless” a media report that President Xi Jinping has asked Pakistan to explore ways to relocate JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to a West Asian country amid mounting international pressure to act against him for his links with terror groups. Also Read - China's Coronavirus-hit Hubei Province Begins Domestic Flights
According to the report, a close aide of Pakistan Prime Minister said that Xi made the suggestion to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during their meeting on the sidelines of the Boao Forum in China last month. Reacting to it, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s office said on Thursday the report that Xi had asked Abbasi to relocate the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief to a West Asian country was “shocking and baseless”. Also Read - COVID-19: Pakistan Says Situation Under Control as Coronavirus Cases Rise to 1,526
“It is shocking and baseless that’s all we can say,” the official told PTI. Saeed carries a USD 10 million American bounty for his role in terror activities. He is the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people, including six US nationals, were killed. The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack. It has been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012. Also Read - Has Pakistan PM Imran Khan Tested Positive For Coronavirus? Here's the Truth Behind the Viral Claim
Hafiz Saeed’s name figures on the UN Security Council’s terror list that has 139 entries from Pakistan alone. The list includes underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, who owns a palatial bungalow in the hilly area of Noorabad, Karachi, as per the UN. Osama bin Laden’s apparent heir Ayman al-Zawahiri tops the list. Haji Mohammed Yahya Mujahid, LeT’s media contact, and Hafiz Saeed’s deputies, Abdul Salaam and Zafar Iqbal, are also listed. The LeT is listed with its various aliases, such as al-Mansoorian, Paasban-i-Kashmir, Paasban-i-Ahle Hadith, Jamaatud Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation.