New Delhi: Raising the issue of Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 terror attacks, in Lahore on February 5, India has sent a note verbale to Pakistan, said reports on Friday. (Also read: Imran Khan’s Minister Shares Stage With LeT’s Hafiz Saeed)
According to ANI, the Note verbale reads, “The ministry registers its strong protest at the continued use of Pakistan controlled territory by extremist & terrorist elements to freely propagate and promote violence and terror against India.”
Co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, also the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD), had taken part in a rally that was part of ‘Kashmir solidarity day’. During the rally, he was reportedly showered with rose petals.
India has raised the issue multiple times already; at the United Nation last year, India had asked how “UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed enjoys a free run inside Pakistan and spews venom and sets up candidates for electoral office?”
JuD founder Hafiz Saeed has a $ 10 million bounty on his head.
While Pakistan has insisted it wants a cordial relationship with India, its ministers have been seen sharing the dais with Hafiz Saeed. On September 30 last year, Pakistan’s Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri had shared a platform with Hafiz Saeed, with both making anti-India statements.
In December, a video showed Pakistan’s Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi openly showing support to Hafiz Saeed and his organization. JuD has reportedly opened centres in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir in collaboration with a leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the party in power in Pakistan.
JuD and Hafiz Saeed’s NGO Fala-e-Insaniyat are no longer in the list of Pakistan’s banned organizations after the Pakistan ordinance which proscribed them lapsed. In January, India sent a number of Note Verbales to Pakistan on the issue of Indian Diplomats harassment, killing of Indian fisherman and stopping of Indian exprecargo flights to Afghanistan. (Sidhant Sibal)