Hafiz Saeed 'highly respected terrorist' in Pakistan: Gilgit-Baltistan activist

Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed is under house arrest in Lahore. Photograph:( AFP )

ANI Brussels, Belgium Mar 16, 2017, 12.40 PM (IST)

A Gilgit-Baltistan activist told the United Nations that Jamaat-ud-Daawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who allegedly masterminded the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, is a "highly respected terrorist" in Pakistan. 

Abdul Hamid Khan wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres lambasting Pakistan's policy of giving full immunity to terrorists.

"Political activists and religious persons and students of Pakistan-occupied Gilgit Baltistan (PoGB) who do not comply ISI's dictation have been framed under Anti-terrorist Act of Schedule 4. But the real terrorists who bomb and kill innocent civilians in shrines, mosques, roadways and other places are free to roam. It's no secret that Hafiz Saeed, the head of (now defunct) Lashkar-e-Toiba, which has been banned by the UN, is a highly respected terrorist in Pakistan," the letter read.

Saeed is the co-founder of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an organisation outlawed by the United Nations.

The activist also flayed the Pakistan government for coming down hard on those who demand things in a peaceful manner.

"BNF (Balawaristan National Front) has been banned and our books and booklets and newspapers have been banned, while religious hatred and anti-Gilgit Baltistan propoganda is fully supported by the Pakistani occuptaion regime. 

Gilgit-Baltistan borders Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and is the country's northernmost administrative territory. 

(WION with inputs from ANI)