The US has welcomed the punishment of Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed as responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. A Pakistani court sentenced Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Saeed, who has been welcomed by the US, amid the looming threat of a ban from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
A big statement has come from the US after Saeed was sentenced to five and a half years in Terror Funding cases. According to the news agency ANI, the US State Department spokesperson responded to this and called it an important step to stop the operation of the terrorist group. The US State Department said that we will continue to raise our voice to punish Hafiz Saeed, who was involved in planning the Mumbai attack and other terror attacks.
The US spokesperson said Saeed’s conviction on terror financing is a step towards curtailing the operation of a terrorist group that threatens peace and stability in South Asia. “We urge Pakistan to continue to take appropriate legal action against individuals who commit acts of terrorism, raise funds for, or advocate for terrorism,” the official said. On Wednesday, Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of US for South and Central Asian Affairs had termed the conviction an “important step forward” towards holding terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba “accountable for its crimes”.
It is known that Hafiz Saeed was the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attack. In 2008, 160 people were killed in this attack, while more than 300 people were injured. 6 US citizens were also among those killed in this attack. India continued to accuse Hafiz Saeed of being behind the attack, but Pakistan continued to dismiss it.