In an unexpected development, Pakistan’s own foreign minister Khawaja Asif said today that terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed is a liability for the country. It may be recalled that Hafiz Saeed belongs to the dreaded terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. Asif made the statement during a question and answer session being conducted at the Asia Society in New York. In another positive development from India’s perspective, Pakistan’s interior ministry has opposed the registration of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) political wing Milli Muslim League (MML). Saeed was planning to enter politics through this political party, but now Pakistan’s interior ministry has opposed the move. It may be recalled that Saeed was the mastermind in the 2008 Mumbai attack. He is among the most wanted list of terrorists.
Saeed has already been classified as a terrorist by the US and UN. While Asif described Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as a liability, he also said that terror organizations were once promoted by the US. He said that terrorist leaders used to wine and dine at the White House around 20-30 years back and now Pakistan is being blamed for harboring terrorists. In effect, Asif blamed the US for the current state of affairs of Pakistan and the deep-rooted terrorism that has embedded itself in the country and is spreading to neighboring countries. Asif also said that Pakistan now feels as if it has been used and discarded by the United States.