Will Pakistan hand over JuD chief and wanted terrorist Hafiz Saeed to India?

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Tightening its noose around Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the US on Wednesday added its affiliates, including the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), to its list of designated terror organisations and slapped sanctions against two Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leaders.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, one of the most wanted terrorist founded the jihadist group, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in 1990 and later founded another terror outfit called Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

Saeed- a designated terrorist leader, has orchestrated a number of attacks on the Indian soil including the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, December 13, 2011 attack on Parliament; July 11, 2006 train bombings in Mumbai, and was also the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

In 2011, India declared him as one of the most wanted terrorists. Kashmir is one contentious issues that evokes him to attack India again and again.

In 2013, it was demanded that Saeed should be extradited to India for his involvement in plotting terror attacks in various parts of India, but Pakistan has not yet found any substantial evidence to hand him over to India and the dangerous man continues to spit venom against India.

In 2001, LeT was officially declared as a terror organisation by the US and in 2002, Saeed 'revived' JuD.

Saeed, who roams freely in Pakistan, in 2013 warned India to prove him a terrorist.

"You (India) look to be very eager to get me. Don't worry, I myself will visit India," he had said during a speech in Lahore on Pakistan's Independence Day.

"You are the people who are behind bomb blasts in Pakistan, mainly in Balochistan. You are killing innocent Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir," he had alleged.

He is known to publicly instigate people to wage jihad against India to free Kashmir.

In April 2014, Saeed had tweeted to Modi, "Instead of instigating Hindus in Pakistan, @narendramodi should focus on fulfilling rights of Muslims in India. Hindus in Pakistan are Safe".

On Pak PM Nawaz Sharif's recent visit to India to attend PM Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony, Saeed had criticised Sharif saying, "Prime Minister you have stabbed the Kashmiris in the back by shaking hands with Narendra Modi." "Jihad is never waged against Muslims. It is against infidels. The infighting among Muslims is not jihad from any one group."

Earlier this month, Saeed had accused PM Narendra Modi behind the Karachi's Jinnah International Airport attack, whose responsibility was claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

He had tweeted, "Modi's new security team is behind this act of war by India. Nation knows the real enemy."

Irked by the bonhomie between Modi and Sharif, Saeed had also tweeted, "Government must end exchange of gifts with India; show spine."

Nawaz Sharif reluctant to take action against Hafiz Saeed

Last year in November, Pak PM Nawaz Sharif gave no assurance to US President Barack Obama as he was virtually grilled by his host for not taking action against the 26/11 mastermind Hafeez Saeed.

Saeed, who is on America's list of most wanted terrorists is closely monitored by the US. In 2012, the US announced a $10 million bounty on his head, that he had mocked by calling it a "foolish step".

In 2009, Lahore High Court had quashed all terror charges against Saeed, who had been in house arrest many times, thus proving, that it is incapable of handling with the perpetrators of peace.

Now that US has declared JuD as the terror outfit, will Pakistan take action against Hafiz Saeed and help world in combating terrorism?

Hafiz Saeed's past

Saeed's father was an Islamic teacher and his mother also had a religious school. Saeed himself was a professor of Islamic studies and was reportedly taught by the teacher who also taught former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

His family is said to be a native of Kashmir and he spent some of his time in Shimla before the partition.

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