NEW DELHI: The United States has placed a $10 million bounty on the head of banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the Times of India reported early Tuesday morning.
US undersecretary of state Wendy Sherman while addressing a gathering at the Aspen Institute on her maiden visit to India, said that both Saeed and his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki carried a bounty on their head. The latter was a co-founder of the banned outfit and carries a smaller $3 million bounty.
The reward is for the capture or furnishing information which leads to their capture.
Saeed is considered by the US and India to be involved in orchestrating the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks under the alleged tutelage of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The attack has soured relations between Pakistan and India.
Repeated attempts by The Express Tribune to contact the JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid for a reaction went unanswered.
According to the report, LeT’s has grown over time, becoming a lethal terror group, expanding its reach as far as Europe and Australia, besides having a large circle of influence within the sub-continent.
Pakistan had banned the LeT in January 2002, and its charity group, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a month after the November 2008 suicide terror assault on Mumbai. Saeed had at one point been placed under house arrest, but was freed by the Lahore High Court, which said there was no evidence that he was involved in any wrongdoing.
In December 2011, a Virginia, US resident pleaded guilty in a US court for 'providing support to a foreign terrorist organisation' by making a propaganda video for the LeT.
Recently, the JuD chief has joined the Difa-e-Pakistan (Defence of Pakistan) movement, which comprises of other alleged militant groups, politicians and prominent former army officers.
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My comments are removed as I questioned USA. Well done ET..well done indeed.
He can surrender to the US authorities, get the $10 million and hand it over to whatever charitable institution he is running.That way he will become an even bigger shaheed.
One is surprised to see so many comments from Indians get published here without any moderation.Whereas the Indian websites like Indian Express and Hindustan Times,filter out all comments suspected of being anti-Indian and pro-Pakistani.So much for the 'free media' there.
@anish: Being a Pakistani I agree with you.
@usmanx: IF Hafiz Saeed is involved in the killing of 270 Indians,Narendra Modi is directly involved in the killing of 2,000 Gujarati Muslims.The bounty on that man's head should be about $150 million.
Pakistan is a democratic country with freedom of speech any one can talk as he wills without disrespecting the other person. US has gone mad if Karachi's people accuse Obama for riots in Karachi then. If he was one of the terrorist in Mumbai how did he came back to Pakistan. hahaha big US joke, were mumbai terrorist kids that they did not knew what they were doing. Falsely putting allegations on Pakistanis is itself terrorism.
@Blithe: why dont u solve ur internal problems. IF Singapore, Malaysia or South koria kind of countries make their countris best place in world why dont u do it for ur country. Every time when something come to u u simply saying ohhh Kashmir... but history saying u gifted part of kashinr to China.. how it is?? we lost battle & we lost some part of Kashmir agreed but we lost here u gifted!!!! Read my friend Read the history.
Do better for ur country if u rise we rise.. We rise u rise... if we are staying like brothers there is nothing in this can stop us to make us number one in economical & military. do u know there is saying that indian are best soldiers & Pakistanis have best generals...
Forget Kashmir, solve other core issues.. if we are solved all other issues than kashmir will solved automatically. We are right now far better than pakistan. hope u will do for best for pakistan.
@Ayesha Khan wrote: "When Pakistan produces a Hindu billionaire, a Hindu President, a Hindu Chief Justice of Supreme Court, a Hindu Chief Election Commissioner, a Hindu captain of cricket team, Hindu top filmstars, music composers, singers, top classical music exponents, Hindu Navy Chief then come and talk to me. In India Muslims have achieved all these honors". . . According to the Sachar Commission report, Muslims in India are doing worse, on every socio-economic indicator, than even the shudars (the untouchables). Be it education, health, finances, employment, you name it. . To top it off, Muslim girls are now being married off to Hindus and in a couple of generations, all that will be left of them, will be their Muslim names, if that. . Like that Hindu minister driving around Sheikh Rashid in India said... "close you eyes, when it smells like sh__t, we are in your Muslim neighborhood". Thanks to Jinnah and Company, at least, Muslims have a shot to be... all that they can be, in Pakistan. Not wait in line for a Hindu handouts.
@Ali: "Yes,I could see that all on their news forums like Times of India where you will get HATE HATE HATE against MUSLIMS as well as Pakistanis, so what you are talking about ?"
As an Indian I do not depend on comments on a blog to determine the Muslim experience in India. I have lived it for 30+ years.
When Pakistan produces a Hindu billionaire, a Hindu President, a Hindu Chief Justice of Supreme Court, a Hindu Chief Election Commissioner, a Hindu captain of cricket team, Hindu top filmstars, music composers, singers, top classical music exponents, Hindu Navy Chief then come and talk to me. In India Muslims have achieved all these honors.
Yes,I could see that all on their news forums like Times of India where you will get HATE HATE HATE against MUSLIMS as well as Pakistanis, so what you are talking about ?
@Blithe: This guy is threat to other countries. And if our govt is not taking any action So other countries will do that.
Oh US, what a blunder. This man gets VVIP protocol at Saudi Airports. He preaches 'extremist' Saudi ideology and really a pain for Pakistan too. Why dont you get him 'directly' from Suadi Arabia? Aren't they your BEST friends?
@Blithe: US are the police of the world. Pakistan had him and let him go. We will get him again.
@usmanx: Answer is never. They did not kill any Pakistanis or Americans
absolutely nonsense .... starting dialogue with their enemies i.e Taliban and announcing against Pakistani leader who is running a social welfare organization in Pakistan. this is not going to work. and the allegation that Hafiz saeed has been delivering hate-speeches that is why this opprobrious step has been taken ... what do you people think what else does India deserve?
Read this... http://www.pakistankakhudahafiz.com/2010/08/26/us-officials-accidentally-deliver-aid-to-jamaatud-dawa-relief-camp/
US once donated 50 million to Hafiz's charity now catching him by offering 1/5th :)
We should handover Hafiz Saeed to USA ASAP and get the reward and use it by compensating thousands of families whose members are killed by the monstrous Jihadi groups and build schools destroyed by these fanatics. In fact unless we start to speak and fight these monsters head on, the nation will perish.
"Hafiz Saeed is a lion of Pakistan. Inshallah, he will plant the Pakistani flag in Sirinagar with his own hands."
You say he will plant the Pakistani flag in Srinagar. But, to do that do you think he and his family members be willing to go to Kashmir and face Indian bullets? Or, are the bullets meant only for brainwashed illiterate young boys? Let's admit the truth. None of these so called Jihad advocates want themselves or their kith and kin be exposed to bodily dangers doing Jihad.
“Jo Dar Gaya, Samjo Woh Mar Gaya”
-- On the Internet, even indians are brave warriors..
"faizal", yes your fellow countrymen really taught modi a lesson.... by making him governor.
The way it was announced is effort to undermine Pakistan's sovereignty. I do not have any sympathy with HS but when the question of Pakistani raised, definitely I preferred to protect my Pakistani zeal.
Look at the scenario where American took the foolish step. In fact, it was not to embarrass HS rather it was an effort to please Indians and undermine Pakistan sovereignty!
@Blithe: Some very interesting comments. I think one suggestion that the US should take a position on Kashmir is an excellent idea. I wonder if PAK has thought of the possibility that the US might come out in support of India on this? I doubt it as PAK believes it holds all the cards that need to be played. Would such a position damage the US? I for one do not think so. Just what is PAK going to do support terrorism, not open the NATO supplies lines, ????
PAK has started a process that it cannot win. \
@tnt: do u have one?
Kaptaan saab should catch Hafiz personally at the next Difa-e-Pakistan meeting. The news headline will read "Hafiz caught and bowled Imran Khan". This will make his tsunami stronger and will add $10 million to his election campaign. Even Hamid Gul will be tempted by this large reward.
i wonder when will we stop givng so much imp to kashimr?? apne hallat tou theek hain nhmn , dosru k liye why worried? do good onto self then others, it is like you are buring but you will go and try to resuce a negihbour livng two blocks away from the fire!! resulting in netiher you or the neighbour will benefit!! let it be for no!w. i dnt care whter kashir is independent, under india or whatever, we shld stop proclaiming jihad, and conc more on CORE issues, like talibinisation, corruption, inflation, production, gdp education security!!! it seems all we do is complain and blame india or us!! khud bhi kuch karlein ya nhn without them??
Hafiz Saeed is a lion of Pakistan. Inshallah, he will plant the Pakistani flag in Sirinagar with his own hands.
thankgod, let pakistan turn him in and get the bounty to solve the cicrular debt issue!! also i soon hope the entire difae pakistan is there.
Well done Obama. Please send the bill to New Delhi. Mr. Man Mohan Singh will be more than happy to underwrite the entire amount.
"US knows where is Hafiz Saeed, it can either use drones or can ask Pakistani establishment to hand him over."
This is an excellent psychological ploy by the US. They have now officially declared that Hafiz Saeed is a wanted criminal terrorist. The hunt is on. Just like Osama, Hafiz Saeed will now be afraid of his own shadow and will live in constant fear of getting his behind shot. Osama was so terrified of falling into American hands that he lived a life totally terrified of when his time will be up.
My prediction is that time is up for Hafiz Saeed. He is actually a coward who, while brainwashing the poor and illiterate people to die doing jihad, has kept himself and his immediate family from practicing what he preaches. Now, he will have a hard time enjoying life in his air-conditioned palaces.
It's an American ploy to keep Hafiz Saeed in check. Of late, he and Abdul Rehman Makki, have been viciously targeting the United States and the US has simply hit back. The US government knows fully well that in spite of this bounty, Pakistan government will not take any action against Hafiz Saeed. Although Hafiz Saeed heads an internationally proscribed terror organisation, he still remains Pakistani establishments best bet against India. The only change, I think after this bounty announcement, will be that Hafiz Saeed may be publicly less visible.
this is against islam , as the holy quran says ghazwa a hind and i have heard from some people that hafiz saab is allah's man to unleash wrath on infidels(hindus, christians) , therefore pakistan must stand behind hafiz saab , as he is very important for peace of islamic world. long live hafiz saab, we must employ our most feared nuclear missiles on hafiz saab's house to protect him , if our army protects him then no one can touch him because even usa fears our army. inshallah
@Balochi liberal: you admit it that you are an indian ....GOD BLESS HAFIZ SAEED ......
@Usmanx, wake up kid many of the names you mentioned are already serving prison terms. This is India not a failed state like Pakistan where terrorists roam the streets freely. No one can do such crap with us because we stand for law ourselves and dont behave in phoney ways that shady country named Pakistan does. You dont value your own. You as public are a huge failure to your nation, you allowed Bhutto to be hanged, did any of you ever did anything for it...no, but you go each year to him mazaar and pray for him and now for his daughter. Murdaparasti ki bhi koi had hoti hai....Just hear what the world has to say about you, and now if you want to say that you dont care about what the world has to say about you, then stop roaming around with a begging bowl, "treat us like you treat India"....there is something called a mirror, go and use it....what creatures.
Another opportunity for Imran to boycott something..Now he will boycott Defa-i-Pakistan meetings.
@tnt: This shows the US doznt care about our courts at all
What Courts? Pakistani Courts? It is like sasural for the terrorists. And the biggest joke in the world.
After this announcement he will be forced to go into hiding and his hate filled DPC speeches will stop.. ISI/Army/Pak government may not act against him but can he be sure that not a single Pakistani will be enticed by a bounty of 10 million?
I do not think US is trying to placate the Indians. US was annoyed due to his anti-US venom and hate speeches in the DPC rallies. Until he made those speeches, US never announced a bounty.
@Blithe: "Meanwhile, why doesn’t the US take a stand on core issues like Kashmir? "
Kashmir is core for Pakistan not for US. Hafiz Saeed is used to make hate filled speeches about India and getting away with it. So he also made a public speech to thousands of people spewing hatred against US. Well Indian government does not have much leverage to get Pakistani government to take action against a known terrorist. US does have leverage and it will use that leverage. Soon Hafiz will be hiding like a rat in some hole. BEcause I am not sure that the venerable Mr. Saeed has so much confidence that no-one in this citadel of Islam will betray him given the size of the bounty money.
You reap what you sow Mr. Saeed.
@usmanx: As soon as they start sending terrorists trained in their organizations to conduct terror activities in other countries.
"The reward is for the capture or furnishing information which leads to their capture."
Unlike Osama who was hiding, Hafiz Saeed is not hiding. He addresses jalsas that have tens of thousands of people in Islamabad which is the national capital and Rawalpindi which has the miilary headquarters. The question is who will arrest him? The Pakistani government clearly has not intention of even enforcing its own ban on this man and his hate filled organization.
BEfore anyone accuses me of hiding behind a Pakistani name (has happened many times before) let me tell you, I have never pretended to be a Pakistani. I am an Indian and proud to be one. The notion that if a person has a Muslim name they must be Pakistani and only Hindu sounding names can belong to Indians is what you can expect in Pakistan. In India thee is a clear distincion between Pakistanis and Muslims and no-one confuses religion with nationality.
This is US effort at eliminating poverty and terrorism in Pakistan and must be lauded.
@Blithe: "They will see the reaction to this."
Reminds me of the famous dialogue in the Bollywood Movie "Sholey" The bandit Gabbar Singh says (something like this, do not remember the exact words): Yahan se 50 kos mil thak jab bhi koi bache rothe hai to maa kehti hai, so jao bache, nahi to Gabbar a jayega. within 50 miles radius from here, whenever a baby cries to to show tantrums, the mother says: go to sleep baby, otherwise Gabbar will come.
Hafiz has been told, Hafiz give up and shut up, If not Drones shall come.
Another famous dialogue in the same movie which I leave it to you for your own interpretation: "Jo Dar Gaya, Samjo Woh Mar Gaya" If you are afraid, take it that you are dead.
I will bet my last penny, Hafiz will shut up and is afraid.
@tnt: "This shows the US doznt care about our courts at all"
Does ISI care bout your courts? Isn't ISI giving the excuse that because the courts do not convict known terrorists, they actually pick up these missing people?
good riddence, all the difa e pak members should be banned and thrown out of the country, A bunch of traitors who misguided thousands of pak children outside the country. Get rid of these traitors asap...
Hafiz Saeed you better start praying, You have just signed your own death warrant. The Angel of death is now looking for you, You can run but you cant hide.
This is only a start. Others will also be named. There are those that spew venom on a regular basis. No point in naming them here. But the world is watching. For Pakistan it is reform your civil society now or never. That includes reinstating the supremacy of the Parliament. Kayani taking orders from the Government and not the other way around. Make peace with Baluchistan for starters. Be prepared to meet them more than half way, they are crying for international help. It is people like Saheed that prevent any accommodation with outside world. He should go.
Before he / she is sent to war every US soldier is reminded the principle "No Soldier Left Behind". As the war is coming to an end, US Soldiers have been reminded "No Terrorist Left Out". US has watched with much patience the conduct of Pakistan courts. Every evidence is thrown out as unacceptable, not according to the law of land, or for any ridiculous reasons they can come up with. No Agency in Pakistan ever probed the evidence presented or followed up on the evidences. Request for his voice samples were rejected and Hafiz Saeed was released by the Judges in Pakistan. US has also watched patiently the proceedings of the OBL commission and the conduct of the Judges and Agencies. Ultimately, US has decided to take Suo-Moto action. This US action would have far reaching effects and no terror organization would dare to show its street power any longer. In the end, Pakistan would stand to benefit the most from this. The resolutions now being considered in the Parliament on the future relationship with US would be reasonable and would not contain any absurd clauses.
I would not mind for a second if this fellow was zapped. People like Saeed kill a lot of innocent people. Even if his justification is the cold-blooded murder of Kashmiris.
I will question this -- when will USA put a bounty on the heads of these 'gentlemen'.
Narendra Modi Jagdish Tytler Shri Jagmohan Bajrangji Swami Aseemanand Prasad Shrikant Purohit .Kamal Chauhan Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur Bal Thackeray
it's about darn time.
@pakistanibaloch: Admit it, even you are afraid of Hafeez Saeed and likes.
@Blithe: Core issue ? Just because is "core" issue for Pakistan, doesn't make it a "core" or even a "relevant" issue for the world. wake up, you have lost the cause, only Pakistanis still keep dreaming about Kashmir, rest of the world has moved on and Boundaries are already made.
Where can i find Hafeez Saeed? Where does he live in Pak? I want the bounty money desperately. Uppar wala jab bhi deta, deta chhappad phad ke.
haha! US cant do nothing about him! they can just raise the bounty up and up. This man has served Pakistani nation, he runs one of the most transparent charity organization which has a tremendous track record of helping poors, earthquake relief work, flood relief and rescue. Neither does he carry any terror or even extremist charges nor does he support terrorism like that of the indo-US funded TTP
I guess entire world is talking same thing about pakistan.. you need to step out of karachi or lahore to listen.... Its no harm..
The Lahore high court has no problem in freeing known terrorists however it has a BIG problem when it comes to drinking Shezaan
@ Adil Now who wants the Money!!
Pakistan army during the period of Musharraf has collected tens of millions of dollars of "blood-money" from USA by kidnapping and handing over many Pakistani or foreign elements in 2000s.
Who knows when Pakistan army general may turn him in and add $10 million in his bank. After all who needs more dollars than the army generals in Pakistan.
Isnt this guy at all the difae pakistan jalsas?? Pak govt should arrest him
This will increase the nuisance value of this mullah and he will sell this more to his mad followers and incraese his base. " The reward is for the capture or furnishing information which leads to their capture. Every body in Lahore knows where he lives and where is his organization's office near Choburji in Lahore. Myriads of CIA Raymond Davises (agents) in Lahore would know his address. The money over his head is just a formality for the Indians and some of US audience, USA you can not be serious with regards to this announcement.
this news should be welcome..it will improve the economy of Pakistan
Another betrayal by the US, and a conspiracy to capture our strategic assets. What do they take Pakistan for? Under Musharraf, we may have collected the bounty earlier for wanted terrorists, but those days are long gone. No one can put a price on our ghairat. Certainly not the price of $10 million. It doesn't even cover the cost of ISI's investment. Inflation is too high, and the Americans are trying to cheat us.
I doubt this news . Too good to be true. However if true this would be single most important step taken by USA against terrorism because it will send a message. However, since Saeed is a strategic asset, i expect him to go underground and disappear like Osama did for many years.
@Mirza: You are seriously undermining Pakistan's sovereignty by making such statements.
It's Pakistan's internal issue. Who is US to place bounty on Pakistani?
They should keep cowboy justice for the Midwest in US!
Looks like he was one of PCNS's main concerns on the extremist end of the hold up.
One of the best news of the day. The beginning of the end for these extremists. Thanks for saving Pakistan from such elements.
Now who wants the Money!!
Ms Wendy Sherman you want head or corpse ?
Wolf in the skin of a man.
Good news. There should be no safe heavens for merchants of death.
US Court has already issued summons on him in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks. $10 million bounty would make him a legitimate target for Drone attacks. However, as the new item says that bounty is for his capture or furnishing information that leads to his capture, it appears that killing him is not being considered. Good news is that we shall not hear of Difa-e-Pakistan any more. No more DcP rallies, as everyone will be afraid of Drone attacks. They shall go underground. Pakistan can reopen NATO supply routes and there will be no protests. No other country will provide him refuge and Hafiz Saeed is stuck in Pakistan.
P.S.: Google Earth is watching for new building constructions.
Stupid move by US! They will see the reaction to this.
Meanwhile, why doesn't the US take a stand on core issues like Kashmir? They are such hypocrites!
Extremism and terrorism are interlinked phenomenon and they pose the biggest challenge to our society. Talibans and Urbanite clean shaved terrorists of Karachi do use violence and politics of division and hate to achieve their vested interests. Sad part is that state apparatus are soft and friendly with them.Otherwise in any sane country, terrorists and extremists leader found their resting place in jails. But here they enjoy luxuries and dictate governments through extremism and hate. Both Taliban and MQM are two sides of coin.
I was in Difa-e-Pakistan jalsa few weeks back where brother Saeed gave good speech. This is revenge for opposing NATO supply blockage. Saeed helped ISI, now ISI should protect him.
That has got to be the easiest way to become a millionaire! Just go to the next Difa gathering and nab that Saeed dude there :)
April Fools day was yesterday
It is very funny. Whenever daddy goes to India, India starts crying about Pakistan. India has nothing else to talk about than Pakistan. I guess they fancy us too much. lols...
Architect of our foreign, domestic and defence policy is worth only $10 Million, What a shame..
And the Empire Strikes Back! The intended audience of the Difa- a- Pakistan rallies was US. Now he knows the price tag for that fifteen minute of fame and all other activites. Lets see who will collect that bounty, on the other hand a drone strike will be cheaper than bounty money.
US knows where is Hafiz Saeed, it can either use drones or can ask Pakistani establishment to hand him over.
Welldone. People like this degrade Pakistan
This shows the US doznt care about our courts at all