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Pakistan Needs To Do More To Curb Terrorism, 'Credible Crackdown' On Hafiz Saeed Required, Says India

'Credible crackdown on terrorist organisations would be proof of Pak's sincerity'

31/01/2017 6:52 PM IST | Updated 31/01/2017 7:00 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- India on Tuesday said Pakistan needed to do more to curb terrorism emanating from its soil and sought a "credible crack down" on Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who has been detained at his Lahore house under an anti-terrorism act.

"Exercises such as yesterday's (30 Jan) orders against Hafiz Saeed and others have been carried out by Pakistan in the past also. Only a credible crack down on the mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attack and terrorist organisations involved in cross border terrorism would be proof of Pakistan's sincerity," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Saeed, who now heads the Jamaat-u-Daawa charity, an alleged front of the LeT, is wanted in India for his role in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 people, including foreigners.

The terrorist leader, who has been slapped with UN sanctions and carries a bounty of $10 million on his head, and four others were, on the night of 30 Jan, detained in Lahore in what the Pakistan Army said was "a policy decision" taken in the "national interest".

Swarup said India was aware of the development of "the Pakistan Ministry of Interior order placing the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Falah-e-Insaniyet Foundation under the watchlist and also the notification under which the Falah-e-Insaniyet Foundation has been included in the second schedule of their anti terror legislation under United Nations Security Council Resolution No.1267".

He said India has long maintained that the United Nations Security Council 1267 provisions pertaining to listing and proscription of known terrorist entities and individuals must be effectively and sincerely enforced by all member states.

Saeed is said to have had close links with slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and allegedly masterminds anti-India attacks in Afghanistan. He is also accused of plotting many attacks in Indian cities, including in Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.

"We have also consistently called for bringing known terrorists under the ambit of the 1267 sanctions," Swarup said.

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