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Hafiz Muhammad Saeed: Cloning Terror

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed: Cloning Terror

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HafizMuhammadSaeed:CloningTerrorByAmbreenAghaThere'snoneedofannouncingbounties.Wearenothidingincaves.HafizMuhammadSaeed,ataPressConferenceinIslamabad,April3,2012.HafizMuhammadSaeed,theChiefofJama
’at-ud-Dawa
(JuD),thefrontorganisationofthePakistanbasedLashkar-e-Taiba(LeT),findsnoreasontohide.Heoperateswithimpunity,conductingnumberlessmassralliesacrossPakistanunderthebannerofthenewlyformedDifa-e-Pakistan(DefenseofPakistan)Council(DPC).DPCcameintobeingtowardstheendof2011,andcomprises44religiousandpoliticalparties,includinganumberofbannedterroristformations.ItsdeclaredideologypitsitagainstaAmerican-Jewish-Indian‘conspiracy
underwhichthe“USwithdrawalfromAfghanistanafteradecadeofbrutaloccupation”isintended“toleaveIndiainapositionwhereitcandominatetheregionandservetheinterestsof(a)ZionistControlledworld”.Theseincreasinglyvisibleactivitiescontinue,despitetheUSannouncement,onApril2,2012,ofabountyofUSD10millionforinformationleadingtoSaeed
’s
arrestorconviction.TheUSholdsSaeedresponsibleforhisallegedroleintheNovember26,2008,Mumbaiterrorattacks.USStateDepartmentspokespersonVictoriaNulandstated,"It(thebounty)haseverythingtodowithMumbaiandhisbrazenfloutingofthejusticesystem...Itisbecausewewanttoseehimbroughttojustice."TheUSalsoannouncedaUSD2millionbountyunderitsRewardsforJusticeProgrammeforSaeed
’s
brother-in-lawandLeT‘deputyleader
’,
HafizAbdurRehmanMakki.ThebountieswerepostedontheUSStateDepartmentRewardsforJusticeWebsite,whichstated,Saeedissuspectedofmastermindingnumerousterroristattacks,includingthe2008Mumbaiattacks,whichresultedinthedeathsof166people,includingsixAmericancitizens...Additionally,theUnitedStatesDepartmentoftheTreasuryhasdesignatedSaeedasaSpeciallyDesignatedNationalunderExecutiveOrder13224.SaeedwasalsoindividuallydesignatedbytheUnitedNationsunderUNSCR1267inDecember2008.Lashkar-e-TayyibawasdesignatedasaForeignTerroristOrganizationinDecember2001.InApril2008,theUnitedStatesdesignatedJama
’at-ud-Dawa
asaForeignTerroristOrganization;similarly,theUnitedNationsdeclaredJama
’at-ud-Dawa
aterroristorganizationinDecember2008....USGovernmentsourcesindicatethatoneofthemainreasonsfortheUSannouncingtheUSDtwomillionrewardforMakkiwashisproximitytotheAfghanTaliban‘supremecommander
MullahOmarandalQaeda'schiefAymanal-Zawahiri.Saeed
’s
responsetotheannouncementofthebountieshasbeencontemptuous.MovingfreelyacrossPakistan,heheldadefiantPressConferenceclosetothecountry'smilitaryheadquartersinRawalpindionApril3,2012,declaring,“Iamhere,Iamvisible.Americashouldgivethatrewardmoneytome.IwillbeinLahoretomorrow.Americacancontactmewheneveritwantsto.”HealsodaredtheUStocarryoutamilitaryraidagainsthimliketheonethatkilledalQaedafounderOsamaBinLaden,declaringthathewasnothidingandwouldhimselfgivehiswhereaboutstotheUS.Despitehisprovocativestance,andinaratherbizarreannouncement,onApril29,2012,theUSAmbassadortoPakistan,CameronMunter,blamedthePakistanimediafor"misreporting"theissue,claimingthattheUSGovernmenthadnotannounc
 
edanybountyonSaeed."ThoughHafizSaeedisasuspectedaccusedoftheMumbaiterrorattacks,theUSGovernmentdidn'tplaceanybountyorheadmoneyforhim."AllegationssubsequentlysurfacedthatMunterhadsoughttopacifytheJuDchiefinaone-on-onemeetinginIslamabadheldonanunspecifieddate,thoughbothsideshavecategoricallydeniedsuchameeting.Significantly,onMay9,2012,aUSStateDepartmentofficialdisclosedthatMunterwouldstepdownfromhispositionasAmbassadortoPakistan“thissummer”,afterservinglessthantwoyearsinthepost.Theofficialaddedthatitwas“theambassador
’s
decisiontogo...”Amidstrisingconfusion,USSecretaryofStateHillaryClintononMay7,2012,reconfirmedthebounty,stating,inKolkata(India),"IauthorisedtheawardforHafizSaeedwhowasresponsibleforattacksinMumbai.Itmaytakelongerthanwelikebutwewillstandwithyou(India)andtrytomakethathappen.IndiaandtheUSaregreatestrebukestoreligiousdiscrimination."OnFebruary16,2012,muchbeforeannouncingthebounty,theUShadstronglyurgedPakistantopreventSaeedfrommovingfreelyinthecountry,freezetheassetsofthegroupsassociatedwithhim,andstopallowingLeTtoacquireweapons.ThoughitisnotclearwhetherSaeedwaspresentattheDPCdemonstrationatLahore,onApril6,2012,thecrowdatthemeetingcarriedbannersandplacardsinscribedwithslogansinhisfavourandagainsttheUSandIndia.Leadersfromdifferentreligiousgroupsdeliveredfieryspeeches,condemningtheUSfor“takingthisdecision(onthebounty)underIndianpressure.”‘Commander
oftheHizb-ul-Mujahideen(HM)AsgharRasool,whoparticipatedintherallywarned:“TheUSispleasingIndia…It
’s
nottheissueofHafizSaeedbutoftheentireMuslimUmmahandifwedon
’t
risetotheoccasiontodayitcanhappentomanyotherstomorrow.”FrequentralliesarenowbeingorganisedbyDPC,withtheparticipationofanumberofproscribedoutfits,includingJuD,Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jama
’at
(ASWJ)andLashkar-e-Jhangvi(LeJ),aswellasIslamistpoliticalgroupingssuchastheJama
’at-e-Islami
(JeI),DawatAhl-e-Hadees,MajlisAhrar-e-Islam,InternationalKhatam-e-NabuwatandJamiat-e-Ahl-e-Hadees,andmainstreampoliticalpartiessuchasPakistanMuslimLeague-Nawaz(PML-N),Jama
’at
UlemaIslam-Fazl(JUI-F)andImranKhan
’s
PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf(PTI).Thepresenceoftopterroristleaders,includingthe‘fatheroftheTaliban
MaulanaSami-ulHaqandtheLeJfounderMalikIshaq,raisesseriousquestionsregardingtheDPC,the‘statepatronage
thatit,andothersofitsilk,enjoyinPakistan,aswellastheideologicalandpoliticalspectrumwithinwhichitislocated.JuDSpokespersonYahyaMujahidconfirmedthatMalikIshaqwaspresentonthestageduringtheDPCrallyonFebruary17,2012,inMultanDistrict.AsympathetictonetowardstheAfghanTalibandominatesDPCrallies.SpeakingagainstUS-ledNATOforcesinAfghanistan,andwarningIslamabadof“seriousconsequences”,onMarch28,2012,SaeeddeclaredthatifNATOsuppliesthroughPakistanare“everresumed”,thiswouldonlyfurtherentrenchtheUSinAfghanistan.Significantly,PakistanclosedNATOsupplyroutessoonafterUS-ledNATOforcesattackedPakistanitroopsonNovember26,2011,attheSalalaCheckpostintheMohmandAgencyoftheFederallyAdministeredTribalAreas(FATA).Earlier,inaDPCrallyonFebruary12,2012,severalspeakerspaidtributetoAfghanTalibanleaderMullahOmarandwarnedthattheywouldturneverysquareofthecountryintoa‘TahrirSquare
’,
ifattemptsweremadetopushthecountryintoUSsubservience.WewillgotothelastextenttohelptheKashmirisandultimatelyIndiawillhavetopulloutits800,000troopsfromtheoccupiedterritory.WhentheUnitedStates(US)alongwithalmost40othernationscannotperpetuateitspresenceinAfghanistan,howcanIndiacontinuewithitsoccupationofKashmir?WewillgotothelastextenttohelptheKashmirisandultimatelyIndiawillhavetopulloutits800,000troopsfromtheoccupiedterritory.WhentheUnitedS
 
tates(US)alongwithalmost40othernationscannotperpetuateitspresenceinAfghanistan,howcanIndiacontinuewithitsoccupationofKashmir?.Allthisoccursopenly,despitethefactthatSaeed
’s
directinvolvementinterroristactshasbeendocumentedrepeatedlyandwell.AddingtoalargebodyofevidencethathasledtosuccessivebansonvirtuallyeveryorganisationthatSaeedheads(theDPCremainsapresentexception),DavidColemanHeadley,thePakistaniAmericanLeToperativeinvolvedinplanning26/11,inhisconfessionalstatementintheUS,hadconfirmed:"HafizSaeedhadfullknowledgeoftheMumbaiattacksandtheywerelaunchedonlyafterhisapproval."IndiaalsohasgivensignificantevidenceonSaeed
’s
involvementin26/11.IndianGovernmentsourcesdisclosethatsuchevidenceincludedthestatementofAjmalKasab–thelonesurvivinggunmanintheMumbaiattacks–concedingthat“Saeedwaspresentduringtheselectionandtrainingofterroristsbehindthe26/11attack.”BruceRiedel,aformerCentralInvestigationAgency(CIA)officerandnowaseniorfellowintheSebanCentreatBrookingsInstitute,citingthedocumentsrecoveredfromslainalQaedaleaderOsamabinLaden
’s
hideawayinAbbottabadintheKhyberPakhtunkhwa(KP)province,observedthatSaeed,whoisanalQaedaally,wasinclosetouchwithOsamauntilhisdeath:"OsamaBinLadencommunicatedwithSaeedandothersviacourier.Hepractisedverygoodopsec[operationssecurity].Thetwohadalong-standingrelationshipgoingbacktothecreationofLeTinthe1980s...OsamaBinLadenprovidedsomeoftheseedmoneytostartthegroup(LeT)."TheUShasalsoclaimedthatithad“hardevidence”thatSaeedwascommunicatingwithOsamabinLadenthroughacourierandthatLadenhadplayedakeyroleinthe26/11attacks.OnFebruary7,2012,SaeedhimselfconfessedforthefirsttimethathehadmetwithOsamabinLadenandclaimedthathe(Saeed)hadstudiedunderthesamescholar,SheikhBinBaz,whotaughtBinLadenandAymanAl-Zawahiri.Yet,IslamabadcontinuestoshieldSaeedclaimingthatthereis‘noevidence
againsthimtosustainaprosecution.Suchclaimshavebeenendorsedatthehighestlevel.FederalMinisterforInteriorRehmanMalikclaimedthat,whenIslamabadaskedforevidenceinsupportoftheUSbounty,“wecametoknowtherewasnone...IfAmericadoesn
’t
haveanyevidenceandIndiastillclaimstohaveevidence,itshouldbesharedwithus”.Inasimilartone,PrimeMinisterYousufRazaGilani,onMay13,2012,declaredthattherewasinsufficientevidencetoarrestSaeed."Ifyouarresthim(HafizSaeed),thatmeanshewillbereleasedbythecourtsinPakistan.Forthecourtsyouneedmoreevidence...YouknowthejudiciaryiscompletelyindependentinPakistan."Addingtothis‘tragedyoferrors
’,
anunnamedcounter-terrorismofficialinIslamabadmadethebizarreassertion,onApril6,2012,thatSaeedwashelpingde-radicalizemilitants:"HafizSaeedhasagreedwiththePunjabGovernmentprogrammeofde-radicalisationandrehabilitationofformerjihadisandextendedfullcooperation."Expressingconcernsforhissafety,theFederalGovernmenthad‘requested
himtomaintainalowprofileaftertheannouncementoftheUSbounty.OnApril23,2012,SaeedtoldthemediathatFederalGovernmentAgencieshad‘advised
himnottoparticipateinpublicrallies‘forthetimebeing
’.
Significantly,reportsindicatethatatleastninepolicemen,onsixhourshifts,guardthethreebarricadessetupbyJuDvolunteersabout200to300metersfromSaeed'shouse.Saeedisopenlyappreciativeofthe‘security
offeredtohim,andthesupportgiventotheenterpriseofjihaditerrorism,bythePakistanistate.OnJanuary1,2012,hethusobserved:Pakistanisunmatchedintermsofthefreedomitallowsforthepursuitofjihad

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