Pakistan claims 'terrorist' Hafeez Saeed is de-radicalising militants

Pakistan has claimed that Hafeez Saeed, the leader of the Lakshar-e-Taiba terror organisation, who had a $10 million American bounty placed on his head this week, has been helping Pakistan de-radicalise militants under efforts to stabilise the strategic US ally, a Pakistani counter-terror expert said.

Saeed is suspected of masterminding the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

"Hafiz Saeed has agreed with the Punjab government programme of de-radicalisation and rehabilitation of former jihadis and extended full cooperation," the counter-terrorism official said.

This latest development has been criticised by the Indian government. External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said "The dossier that the Home Minister has provided to the Pakistan government contains every detail of Saeed's involvement in the planning and execution of terrorist attack on Mumbai."

"So no amount of denial would exonerate them unless there is a judicial enquiry into the whole episode whereby responsibilities can be fixed but unfortunately Pakistan government has not thought it proper to investigate this," he said.

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