UNSC team reaches Islamabad to probe into Hafiz Saeed case, Washington demands his trial for Mumbai attacks
PESHAWAR: A top commander of the Haqqani network and two of his associates were killed today when a US drone targeted a home with missiles near Pakistan’s restive tribal Kurram agency bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
Two missiles were fired from the drone at the house in Speen Thall area – on the confluence of borders between Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Orakzai agency. Haqqani Network Commander Ehsan alias Khawari and two of his companions were reportedly killed during the strike conducted in North Waziristan, Dawn news reported.
The drone strikes, carried out by US spy planes, targeted the house belonging to Afghan refugees, the report said. Station House Officer Thal Ameer Zaman confirmed the death of a man named Khawari.
Sources within the political administration of Orakzai Agency’s Speen Thal Dapa Mamozai area said that the drone strike had targeted a house belonging to Afghan refugees, while local sources in Orakzai Agency said the strike was carried out on a Haqqani network hideout.
Station House Officer Thal Ameer Zaman confirmed the death of a man named Nasir Mehmood alias Khawari. UNSC team: Amid mounting global pressure on Pakistan to act against Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and entities linked to him, a UN Security Council team was due to arrive in Islamabad on Thursday for an assessment of Islamabad’s compliance with the world body’s sanctions regime.
The UN monitoring team’s visit is taking place amid increasing pressure on Pakistan from the US and India with respect to the inadequate implementation of the sanctions on Saeed and entities linked to him. However, Pakistani officials, insist that the trip is a routine visit. Saeed was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.
On Friday, the US State Department said it has told clearly to Islamabad that Saeed is a “terrorist” and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, reacting strongly to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s remarks that there was no case against the Mumbai attack mastermind. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said: “We believe that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Nauert had said. Saeed, the chief of the Jamaat-udDawah (JuD), was released from house arrest in Pakistan in November.
The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. It has been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014. US spokeswoman Meanwhile, dismissing Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s latest remarks on Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the United States made it clear that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Pakistan Prime Minister, in a recent interview to Geo TV, said that there was no case registered against Saeed in Islamabad and without it, action cannot be initiated against him. At a press briefing, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Thursday said, “So we’ve certainly seen the reports about this, that the Pakistani Government has said that no case has been registered against this individual, Hafiz Saeed.” She added, “Many of you may recall we talked about this a couple of weeks ago, about who this individual is. We regard him as a terrorist, a part of a foreign terrorist organisation. He was the mastermind, we believe, of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed many people, including Americans as well.”