Hafiz Saeed is Pakistan's circus

Hafiz Saeed is Pakistans circus

Several JuD activists gathered outside Saeed's residence in Jauhar town in Lahore to celebrate his release. (firstpost.com)

India considers him as one of its most wanted terrorists because of his ties with Lashkar-e-Taiba and his alleged involvement in attacks in India such as the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, 2006 Mumbai train bombings and 2001 Indian Parliament attack. (en.wikipedia.org)

(Reuters file) After years of remaining in denial over terror credentials of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Pakistan has finally said the international terrorist and Mumbai attacks mastermind is a threat to the country. (financialexpress.com)

Who is Hafiz Saeed?

Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistani Islamist [1] who is the co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the chief or amir of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah, which operates mainly from Pakistan and has had sanctions placed against it as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations. (en.wikipedia.org)

Hafiz Saeed's father Kamal-ud-Din, a farmer, in the autumn of 1947, along with his family started migrating from East Punjab and reached Pakistan in around four months. (en.wikipedia.org)

In April 2012, the United states announced a bounty of $10 million on Saeed, for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 164 civilians were killed including 6 American citizens, but there have been protests in Pakistan against the US bounty. (en.wikipedia.org)

Therefore Saeed is listed on the NIA Most Wanted list and India has banned his organisation as a terrorist organisation. (en.wikipedia.org)

Since 2008, various Indian politicians have demanded that Saeed be handed over but there is no extradition treaty between the two countries. (en.wikipedia.org)

Pakistan's circus

With the tacit support of Pakistani politicians, administration as well as the military, Saeed has openly spewed venom against India and did everything he could to disturb normalcy in Kashmir. (financialexpress.com)

Pakistan's in January placed Hafiz Saeed – the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks – for the fifth time under house arrest, following which, he was listed under the Anti-Terrorism Act. (youthkiawaaz.com)

Pakistan has used Hafiz Saeed, this time amidst reports that Islamabad could be in the international doghouse again over concerns about money laundering and terror financing. (thewire.in)

Until recently, Pakistan failed to take any action against Saeed, even as India had provided a complete dossier on 26/11 attacks to the former. (financialexpress.com)

Law officer Abdul sattar Sahil, who represented the Punjab Home Department, said Saeed's release might cause security problems, reported The express tribune . (scroll.in)

Pakistan says India may kill Saeed

Punjab Home Department has released a report stating that two Pakistanis are the next target of RAW, India's intelligence agencies. (blogs.tribune.com.pk)

Saeed has growing popularity with the population in Pakistan that would like to see the caliphate of Islam established in the rest of the world to reach the day of resurrection. The political parties while protecting Saeed are also scared that he at some stage may become politically popular.

Saeed speaking with reporters said "I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir," Saeed told his supporters who gathered outside his residence to celebrate his release. (firstpost.com)

In the case of Saeed history has repeated itself in a cycle of house arrest, a court case, an investigation and insufficient proof leading to him getting a clean legal chit? (thehindu.com)

Threat to US and NATO in 2011

In 2011 Jamaatud Dawa (JD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed vowed on Sunday that the jihad to oust Indian forces from Kashmir would continue, the first time he has made a reference to jihad since his group was declared a terrorist outfit by the United nations in 2009. (tribune.com.pk)

Saeed was speaking at the 'Difa-i-Pakistan Conference', a gathering of thousands of supporters of Wahhabi and Deobandi parties at Minar-i-Pakistan on Sunday to protest against 'US and Nato terrorism'. (tribune.com.pk)

During his speech, Difa-i-Pakistan Council Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq read out an oath to the audience that they would participate in jihad when the Council gave the call. (tribune.com.pk)

Saeed has appeal in Pakistan

Saeed has the ability of becoming a popular leader in Pakistan. While Pakistan may have used his network to spread terror, he can become their Achilles heal as well. His popularity with the masses can become a problematic area for Pakistan. But in the meanwhile they will have to continue with the circus of handling the international community, courts, India and the population that supports Saeed.

Several JuD activists gathered outside Saeed's residence in Jauhar town in Lahore to celebrate his release. (firstpost.com)

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