As the international pressure mounts to act on the Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, China has asked its ally Pakistan to move him to a West Asian country. Beijing has requested Islamabad to look for options to relocate Saeed, who is on the radar of international and Indian agencies for his links with terror activities.
According to an exclusive report of The Hindu, Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested this course of action to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to allow Saeed to “live a quiet life in a West Asian country”.
“At a 35-minute meeting (on the sidelines of the Boao Forum in China last month), at least 10 minutes of the discussion dealt with Saeed. The Chinese President was keen on pressing the Prime Minister to find an early solution to keep Saeed away from the limelight,” a close aide of Abbasi told The Hindu, requesting anonymity.
The issue, however, will be left for the new government to resolve. The current government’s term ends on 31 May and elections are due at July-end.
Declared a global terrorist by the United Nations, the United States and India, Saeed was put under house arrest by Pakistan for almost nine months last year. He was, however, released on the orders of the Lahore High Court.