Washington: The US on Friday has called for Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed to be held accountable for his involvement in the planning of “numerous acts of terrorism, including 2008 Mumbai attacks”. “We continue to call for Hafiz Saeed to be held accountable for his involvement in the planning of numerous acts of terrorism, including 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 innocent people, including 6 Americans,” US State Department spokesperson told ANI. Also Read - Arrest of Hafiz Saeed: 'Let's See,' Says India as Action Comes Ahead of FATF Meeting, US Praises Pakistan
“We urge Pakistan to continue to take appropriate legal action against individuals who commit acts of terrorism, raise funds for, or advocate for terrorism,” the official said. Also Read - Pakistan Court Convicts Hafiz Saeed For 5 Years in Terror Financing Cases
A Pakistan court on Wednesday convicted Hafiz Saeed for five years in cases of terror financing. Saeed was also given a fine of Rs 15,000 in each of the two cases. Also Read - 26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed Charged With Terror Financing
On Wednesday, Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of US for South and Central Asian Affairs had termed the conviction an “important step forward” towards holding terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba “accountable for its crimes”.
“Today’s conviction of Hafiz Saeed and his associate is an important step forward – both toward holding LeT accountable for its crimes and for Pakistan in meeting its international commitments to combat terrorist financing,” she tweeted.
India questioned the timing of the conviction as it comes just ahead of the plenary session of Financial Action Task Force scheduled to be held on February 16 in Paris.