Islamabad, Feb 2: Following the house arrest, Pakistan has now banned Lashkar-e-Tayiba boss Hafiz Saeed from flying out of the country. Authorities have placed Saeed and 37 terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba on the Exit Control List.
The letter was issued by the interior ministry and forwarded to all provisional governments and also the federal investigation agency of Pakistan. The order comes two days after Saeed was placed under house arrest in the country.
The move to place him under the Exit Control List is more preventive in nature. Saeed, if released on the basis of a court order could try and fly out of Pakistan. He is known to make several visits to Saudi Arabia to collect funds. The latest order is to prevent him from leaving the country.
Indian officials, however, say that there is no concrete action that has been taken. "These are more preventive and protective in nature. They are clearly under pressure from the United States of America to reign in on the terrorists," said officials.
One could say Pakistan is serious about acting against the likes of Saeed only if he is brought to trial and punished for his role in the Mumbai 26/11 attack and other incidents against India.