Washington: The US Friday said it is concerned about the release of Hafiz Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan, but made it clear that this has got nothing to do with the suspension of over USD 1.1 billion in security assistance to Islamabad.
Saeed, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), was recently released from house arrest. The US has labelled JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) the “terrorist fronts” for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a group Saeed founded in 1987.
“To my knowledge, that has nothing to do with Saeed’s release,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at her daily news conference.
Nauert was responding to a question if the suspension of security assistance was related to Saeed’s release.
“There is a USD 10 million reward out for information leading to his re-arrest, the person who is the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks who was let go in Pakistan. So we’ve been very clear about our displeasure with that individual being let go,” Nauert said. (PTI)