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Pakistan Govt Blames The Previous Regime For Being Lenient On Hafiz Saeed

'It did not take the required actions'

03/02/2017 9:06 PM IST | Updated 03/02/2017 9:52 PM IST
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ISLAMABAD -- After Pakistan placed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and 34 colleagues on the Exit Control list, the ruling regime has blamed the former Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Government for the present situation and messing up the case.

A Ministry of Interior spokesman on Wednesday said that the previous government did not take the required actions under the 2008 United Nations resolution, designating Saeed's organisation as a terrorist outfit.

"As a matter of record, the actions taken by the government of Pakistan have been carried out as per obligations vis-a-vis listing of Jamaat-ud-Dawa under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008," the Nation quoted the spokesman as saying.

The spokesperson's remarks came in reaction to an Indian statement that said only a credible crack down on the Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and terrorist organizations involved in cross border terrorism would be proof of Pakistan's sincerity.

"Various actions that needed to be taken under the relevant resolution, i.e. arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze, were not carried out for some reasons by the previous governments," the spokesperson said without naming the PPP.

"The international community should take note and understand that Pakistan is a democratic society where judiciary takes free, independent and transparent decisions," he said.

The Interior Ministry spokesperson said if India is serious about its allegations then it should come up with concrete evidence against Saeed, which is sustainable in the court of law in Pakistan or anywhere in the world.

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