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U.S. Puts $10 Million Bounty on Pakistani Militant Saeed

Written By Ali Awan on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | 13:44


The United States on Tuesday (April 3) posted a $10 million reward for help in the arrest of Pakistani Islamist leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, suspected of masterminding attacks on India's financial capital and its parliament.

The reward comes at a time of heightened tension between the United States and Pakistan and is likely to increases pressure on Pakistan to take action against the former Arabic scholar, who has recently addressed rallies in Pakistan despite an Interpol warrant for him.

Last week, Saeed evaded police to address an anti-U.S. rally in the Pakistani capital.

"Brothers, comrades, today, Allah has been very kind. People who represent the entire population of Pakistan are at this moment standing here united in the goal of Pakistan's defense. With the blessings of Allah, we are standing here in front of an extremely vital place, the Parliament House, with a common stance, and we are representing the people of Pakistan," he told the rally in front of Parliament House in Islamabad.

In the 1990s, Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), one of the largest and best-funded Islamist militant organizations in South Asia. He abandoned its leadership after India accused it and another militant group of being behind an attack on the Indian parliament in December 2001.

He now heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity, described by the United Nations as a front for the LeT, which is banned in Pakistan.

Released from house arrest in 2009, Saeed is a free man in Pakistan.

Saeed's freedom of movement in Pakistan has angered India, which says it has given its neighbor enough evidence to arrest the man.

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