The United States State Department said Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind is a “tremendous concern to the United States” and backed India on this issue.
Spokesperson Heather Nauert made the statement while responding to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s remark on the Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 people on 26 November 2008. Sharif confirmed that the attackers were from Pakistan.
“We are concerned about the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks. And he’s a Lashkar-e-Taiba guy who was being held in Pakistan, and he was eventually let out on house arrest, and we have a reward out for. I believe it’s for his arrest, not information leading to his arrest, but his arrest. I don’t recall off the top of my head the award amount, but that person out in the open is a tremendous concern to the United States,” Nauert said, news agency ANI reported.
In an exclusive interview with Dawn last week, Sharif had said, “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?”
Sharif has stood by his statement which was heavily criticized, among others, by his country’s National Security Committee’s (NSC). The NSC termed Sharif’s statement “painful and regrettable”.