Islamabad: Pakistan has justified the release of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, claiming that Islamabad was committed to the implementation of UNSC sanctions regime on terrorists.
Hafiz, who has a USD 10 million American bounty on his head, was freed by Pakistani court yesterday. He is a UN and US designated terrorist.
Pak Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that Pakistan was committed to the implementation of UNSC 1267 sanctions regime and has taken several steps in this regard.
Faisal said that courts in Pakistan, pursuant to their constitutional duty, were determined to uphold rule of law and due process for all citizens of Pakistan.
Legal processes were anchored in rule of law, not dictates of politics and posturing, he said.
“It is in the interest of all States to speak and act in a manner that is consistent with the imperatives of adhering to rule of law at the national and international levels,” Faisal said.
He said that Pakistan’s resolve, actions and successes in the fight against terrorism, terrorist violence and terrorists are unmatched in the world.
“Pakistan condemns and opposes all forms of terrorism by any individual or group,” the Pak FO spokesperson said.
Saeed, in his late 60s, was under house arrest for 297 days since January. PTI