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US bounty on Hafiz Saeed will put more pressure on Pakistan: Former IB chief Doval

April 4, 2012 - New Delhi

Former Intelligence Bureau director Ajit Kumar Doval has said the decision of the United States to announce a reward of 10 million dollars for the capture or information of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed would surely put more pressure on Pakistan.

"Well, the pressure on Pakistan will be there, but whether Pakistan will deliver under the pressure is questionable. The pressure will be that there would be an international opinion and Pakistan will have to be sensitive to that," Doval said.

"There will also be a pressure that it was his open activities, which were very visible in the last few months after he made this new organization, Difa-e-Pakistan, and holding large-scale demonstrations probably that should come under some control. One is not very sure, Pakistan has been an extremely irresponsible state in dealing with terrorists and despite the pressure from terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and others, the international denunciation has come but despite all that Pakistan's ISI has been patronizing them. So, we will have to wait and watch," he added.

He further said that India should go according to the United Nations resolution that takes strict action countries that provide protection to militants.

"I think we should try to move under the UN resolution under which any country which provides shelter, passage, freedom to stay to the people who have declared international terrorists, or international terrorist organizations, action should be taken against those states and should be declared as terrorist states. Therefore there is a need for pressurizing the government of Pakistan," added Doval.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad welcomed the move and said that every peaceful country in the world was united in the fight against militancy.

"Today not only in India but anywhere you go, people are united against fighting militancy and initiating a struggle against it. Peace-loving people and governments now have decided to fight against these militants," said Azad.

The United States has declared a bounty of 10 million dollars on Saeed under its Rewards for Justice programme.

Pakistan-based Hafiz Saeed is the founder of one of the deadliest terrorist outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

Saeed is believed to be the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed. He is on India's most wanted list.


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