New Delhi [India], Feb 16 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday acknowledged that Pakistan's timing of declaring the 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed a terrorist is "suspicious."
"He [Hafiz Saeed] is a terrorist and mastermind of Mumbai attacks, surprising that Pakistan took 10 years to find out that he is terrorist. But the timing [Pakistan declaring Hafiz Saeed a terrorist] is suspicious," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, said in a media briefing, here.
Saeed on Thursday said that he would challenge the Pakistan government's decision of a crackdown on his two charities, adding that the government was trying to please America and India by "taking extreme action against us".
Pakistan's interior ministry issued a notification against the Saeed-founded Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity, as well as its associated organisation, the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), Al Jazeera reported.
This move by the Pakistan government comes days before a key meeting by the Financial Action Task Force, a global money-laundering watchdog, which is due to consider a US-sponsored motion to place Pakistan on a list of countries failing to prevent "terrorism" financing. (ANI)