Washington D.C. [USA], November 23, 2017:
Top American counter-terrorism and South Asian experts have expressed outrage over the release of 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, with one of them asking to cancel Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO-ally (MNNA). “Nine years after 26/11, its mastermind still eludes justice. It is time to rescind Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally,” Bruce Riedel, a top US expert on security, South Asia, and counter-terrorism told PTI.
“In a word, the release is an outrage,” Alyssa Ayres, a former State Department official and currently with the Council on Foreign Relations told PTI after Lahore High Court ordered that Saeed be set free. “Before long we will read news reports of Hafiz Saeed leading more rallies with thousands of people,” she said.
The alleged mastermind behind 26/11 Mumbai attacks and chief of the banned outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) was designated a terrorist by both the United Nations and the USA.