Hafiz Saeed's house arrest is 'Pak sponsored vacation'
Hafiz Saeed the chief of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba was placed under house arrest. He was placed under the terrorism watch list by Pakistan. India was however not convinced and says that such acts will remain an eye-wash until Pakistan prosecutes him for the Mumbai 26/11 attacks.
India doubts Pakistan's actions as it has seen a similar set of events unfurl after the 26/11 attacks. "It is nothing but a state-sponsored holiday for Saeed," says an Indian official in Delhi. The point that must be noted here is that while Saeed is under house arrest, the activities of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba continue unabated.
The network of the outfit continues to be strong and there is no crackdown by Pakistan on the same. The house arrest and so-called action comes just ahead of a crucial United Nations debate on terrorism and finance. Pakistan fears being blacklisted and hence this action against Saeed was taken.
Saeed's detention can be termed as a hogwash for several reasons. One, it is only a house arrest. Secondly he is not being tried for the 26/11 attack. Three, his terror and financial networks continue unabated. The camps at Murdike where the Lashkar-e-Tayiba trains and launches its men into India is very much functional according to the Intelligence Bureau.
Officials say that Pakistan will continue to play the "good terrorist, bad terrorist," game. It still considers the LeT to be the good terrorist and the Tehri-e-Taliban to be the bad one. Pakistan fears that the LeT may spin out of control. The LeT is the only outfit in Pakistan which has not resulted against the system. Pakistan would not want that to happen since the outfit continues to be its favourite proxy which pushes its anti-India agenda especially in Kashmir.