Mumbai Attack Mastermind, JuD Chief, Hafiz Saeed Not a Terrorist: USA

The CIA describes the VHP and Bajrang Dal as religious militant organisations while Hafiz Saeed led Jamat Ud Dawah (JuD), and surprisingly even the Afghan Taliban have not been classified as terrorist outfits. According to the CIA, there’s no terror group or militant organisation in India’s neighbouring countries. What has stunned India is that instead of JuD (led by Hafiz Saeed), Hindu groups like the VHP and Bajrang Dal have been labelled as terrorist organizations.

Afghan Taliban which has perpetrated terror in Afghanistan for almost two decades has only been labelled as a ‘political pressure group.’ While Pakistan has multiple active militant organisations, to everyone’s surprise only one entity has been named as a political pressure group. Only the Pakistan Ulema Council led by Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi has been named as a political pressure group.

Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi is accused of encouraging suicide bombings in 2013. Hafiz Tahir has gone on record to say that Kashmir is held by India, Afghanistan by the US and Palestine by Israel. In the same footage shown by an Afghan channel, he also said that even if innocents Muslims don’t have atom bombs they must sacrifice their lives in the name of Allah.

Indian Opposition

More than the Indian authorities would be irked by the addition of VHP and Bajrang Dal to the list, New Delhi would hold strong objections to the fact that Lashkar, Hafiz Saeed led JuD and Afghan Taliban among other Asian terror groups have not been added to the CIA Factbook.

Hafiz Saeed is the main accused in the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai. India at several international forums has provided proofs of terror grooming on Pakistan’s soil. In fact, Hafiz Saeed is a globally designated terrorist carrying a bounty on his name. How can then JuD and Lashkar not make it to CIA’s list? More interestingly USA has been fighting a war to eliminate Taliban since 17 years and yet CIA chooses to not label it as a terrorist entity.

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