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US warns of 'repercussions' for Pakistan over freeing Hafiz Saeed

If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan?s global reputation, White House said in a statement. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Washington, United States Nov 25, 2017, 05.34 PM (IST)

The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for US-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge freed Islamist terrorist Hafiz Saeed accused of masterminding the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. 

"(Hafiz) Saeed’s release, after Pakistan’s failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan’s commitment to (combating) international terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil," the White House said in a statement. (Also Read - Hafiz Saeed a terrorist, Trump should work with Modi to kill him: US media)

"If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation," it added.  

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