Karachi, May 24: China wants Pakistan to find ways to move Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to a West Asian country. The development comes in the wake of increasing pressure on Pakistan to act against Saeed for his links with terror groups, said The Hindu. China President Xi Jinping has reportedly pitched the idea to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the face of mounting international pressure on Islamabad, it said in an exclusive report. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: US Registers Highest Spike in a Day as 865 Die of COVID-19 Within 24 Hours
Reportedly the idea came up on the sidelines of the Boao Forum in China last month where Jinping suggested allowing Saeed to live in a West Asian country. “The Chinese President was keen on pressing the Prime Minister to find an early solution to keep Saeed away from the limelight,” a close aide of Abbasi told The Hindu. Abbasi has consulted the government’s legal team but the issue is expected to be referred to the next government as the Prime Minister steps down on May 31 when his tenure ends. Also Read - US Stocks End Lower Amid Fast Spread of Coronavirus
Meanwhile, the JuD has been accusing the government of taking action against Saeed at the instance of the US and India. On his part Saeed, who met some journalists on Tuesday in Karachi, refused to believe that China would want to see him out of the country. However, he admitted that China would act as a superpower and dictate to Pakistan. Also Read - Over 19 People Killed in Massive Forest Fire in China’s Sichuan Province
Saeed, who has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations, the US and India, carries a reward of $5 million on his head for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Pakistani authorities last year put him under house arrest for almost nine months but were forced to release him on the orders of the Lahore High Court. They have even reinstated his security since.
Earlier this year, the JuD was put on the list of banned organisations just before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris where it was decided to put Pakistan on the grey list for its failure to prevent terror financing. A Presidential Ordinance was issued to freeze all assets of Hafiz Saeed, linked to the JuD and its charity arm, Falah-i-Insaaniyat Foundation.
However, the JuD was not put in Schedule 1 of the Anti-Terrorism Act under which the leaders of a banned organisation must be arrested. An Interior Ministry source said a formal notification of its placement on Schedule I was held back. “Without the notification, the organisation will not be formally admitted as a defunct organisation,” he said.