AFPIslamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, PakistanFeb 16, 2017, 10.22 AM
Hafiz Saeed, chief of the Pakistani-based militant outfit Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JUD), has asked the Pakistani government to remove his name from the exit control list (ECL).
Pakistan daily The Dawn reported that in a letter written to the interior ministry, Hafiz Saeed's advocate AK Dogar pleads that a memorandum issued on January 30, 2017 placing 38 individuals on the ECL be withdrawn.
Persons on the exit control list are prohibited from leaving Pakistan.
The letter claims that the JuD chief had never been involved in any terrorist activity in Pakistan. It further claims that since the JuD has been an organisation dedicated to welfare of the citizens, with142 schools and four varsities in the country and says the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) is a proof of this.
Asked to comment on the matter, India's external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Hafiz Saeed needed to be brought to justice soon since he had engaged in numerous terror acts.
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Hafiz Saeed, who is the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was put under house arrest on January 31 in Pakistan's Punjab province.
Hafiz Saeed is the most wanted Pakistani terrorist in India for his alleged links to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
JuD was declared a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014. Saeed carries a reward of $10 million announced by the United States.
Jamaat-ud-Dawa has rebranded under the new name of 'Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir', just days after its chief Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest and a crackdown launched on the organisation's activities.
The interior ministry had "placed Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JUD) on the Watch List as per UNSC 1267 Sanctions.