Hafiz Saeed knocks UN's door, demands dropping of 'designated terrorist' tag
Days after a Lahore court released him from house arrest, 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has approached the United Nations seeking the removal of his name from the list of designated terrorists, said reports.
Mirza and Mirza, the Lahore-based law firm that represents Saeed, is said to have filed the petition in the UN seeking de-listing of hi name from the sanctions list.
An HT report quoted UNSC website as stating that Saeed was prescribed for "being associated with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Al Qaida for participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts of activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of both entities."
The JuD leader, who has a USD 10 million American bounties on his head for terror activities, walked free last week after his 10- month detention as the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case.
In May 2008, the US Department of the Treasury had designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. Saeed was also individually designated by the UN under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008 following the November 2008 Mumbai attack in which 166 people, including six American citizens, were killed.
The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack.