Comments on: The hunt for Hafiz Saeed http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/04/20/hafiz-saeed/ Straight from the Specialists Sun, 06 Mar 2016 13:25:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: PenRumi http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/04/20/hafiz-saeed/comment-page-1/#comment-565 Sat, 21 Apr 2012 04:14:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/?p=1712#comment-565 Pakistan cannot apprehend and hand over Hafiz Saeed to either India or United States for these reasons:

1. Saeed was a key figure in the former years of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an organization created in 1990 by Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.

The military establishment in Pakistan, after losing three wars with India, realized that it was not possible to win a conventional war, decided to engage in asymmetrical warfare, employing terrorism as an instrument of state. Saeed, who lost 17 family members during 1947 Partition, was the perfect person to lead the LeT.

2. Saeed is a paid employee of the Pakistan government.
Saeed continues to run Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a political arm of LeT, as its ‘amir’ (or head). This explains the attempt by the Pakistan government to portray Saeed as a rehabilitated extremist by extolling his role in the de-radicalization program reportedly performed on a ‘pro bono’ basis.

3. Saeed is a hero in Pakistan.
As mastermind of the attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 and Mumbai massacres in 2008, Saeed is an acclaimed soldier of Islam to the masses in Pakistan for his role in the death of over 170 Hindus who are considered to be ‘kafirs’ (non-believers); there are many in Pakistan who believe killing a Hindu is a moral duty. It is not politically possible for the Pakistan government to detain Saeed – the Pakistani masses are willing to protect him – just as they sheltered and protected bin Laden for over 10 years.

4. Saeed is privy to vital information on operatives of LeT in Pakistan and abroad as former head of LeT; he is too vital to the ISI.

If apprehended, Saeed can provide a plethora of information such as LeT and al-Qaeda links among Pakistani expatriates in United States and Europe – information that can prevent future terrorist attacks, such as the one attempted by Faisal Shahzad in Times Square in May 2010.

However, Saeed, like bin Laden, is venerated in Pakistan – nobody can touch him.

There was a $25 million bounty on bin Laden’s head; there were no takers while bin Laden was in Pakistan. Saeed is supremely confident that there are no takers for the $10 million dollars bounty on his head.

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By: PenRumi http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/04/20/hafiz-saeed/comment-page-1/#comment-564 Sat, 21 Apr 2012 04:14:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/?p=1712#comment-564 Pakistan cannot apprehend and hand over Hafiz Saeed to either India or United States for these reasons:

1. Saeed was a key figure in the former years of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an organization created in 1990 by Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.

The military establishment in Pakistan, after losing three wars with India, realized that it was not possible to win a conventional war, decided to engage in asymmetrical warfare, employing terrorism as an instrument of state. Saeed, who lost 17 family members during 1947 Partition, was the perfect person to lead the LeT.

2. Saeed is a paid employee of the Pakistan government.
Saeed continues to run Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a political arm of LeT, as its ‘amir’ (or head). This explains the attempt by the Pakistan government to portray Saeed as a rehabilitated extremist by extolling his role in the de-radicalization program reportedly performed on a ‘pro bono’ basis.

3. Saeed is a hero in Pakistan.
As mastermind of the attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 and Mumbai massacres in 2008, Saeed is an acclaimed soldier of Islam to the masses in Pakistan for his role in the death of over 170 Hindus who are considered to be ‘kafirs’ (non-believers); there are many in Pakistan who believe killing a Hindu is a moral duty. It is not politically possible for the Pakistan government to detain Saeed – the Pakistani masses are willing to protect him – just as they sheltered and protected bin Laden for over 10 years.

4. Saeed is privy to vital information on operatives of LeT in Pakistan and abroad as former head of LeT; he is too vital to the ISI.

If apprehended, Saeed can provide a plethora of information such as LeT and al-Qaeda links among Pakistani expatriates in United States and Europe – information that can prevent future terrorist attacks, such as the one attempted by Faisal Shahzad in Times Square in May 2010.

However, Saeed, like bin Laden, is venerated in Pakistan – nobody can touch him.

There was a $25 million bounty on bin Laden’s head; there were no takers while bin Laden was in Pakistan. Saeed is supremely confident that there are no takers for the $10 million dollars bounty on his head.

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