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Action against Hafiz Saeed first step in bringing him to justice: MEA

Action against Hafiz Saeed first step in bringing him to justice: MEA
FILE PHOTO - Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of the Islamic charity organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), sits during a rally against India and in support of Kashmir, in Karachi, Pakistan, December 18, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/File Photo

New Delhi: India on Monday said the action against Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his colleagues was a first logical step in getting the region rid of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism.

“Hafiz Saeed is an international terrorist, the mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attack and responsible for unleashing a wave of terrorism against Pakistan’s neighbours through LeT/JuD and their affiliates,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Vikas Swarup said.

“Effective action mandated internationally against him and his terrorist organisations and colleagues is a logical first step in bringing them to justice, and in ridding our region of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism,” he said.

Swarup was responding to a question on the listing of Saeed by Pakistan under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Saeed, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief, is currently under house arrest in Pakistan.

The Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 empowers the Pakistan government to mark a person as “proscribed” and to place that person on the fourth schedule on an ex-parte basis.

Any violation of provision of the fourth schedule may result in imprisonment of up to three years and fine or both.

PTI