Cost of prosecuting Saeed too great: Ex-ISI chief Durrani

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 May 2018 09:19:26



THE cost of prosecuting Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head Hafiz Saeed is too great, says former ISI Chief Asad Durrani.

“If you prosecute Saeed, the first reaction will be: it’s on India’s behalf, you’re hounding him, he’s innocent, etc. The political cost is big, now,” he said. Durrani, 77, mentions this in a new book in which he features in conversation with former RAW Chief A S Dulat and the two discuss topics including everything related to India-Pakistan ties: the surgical strikes, Kulbhushan Jadhav, Nawaz Sharif, Kashmir and Burhan Wani. When Dulat asks him, what is Saeed’s value to Pakistan, Durrani replies, “The cost of prosecuting him is too great.” Saeed, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty for his role in terror activities, was under house arrest from January to November last year.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attacks in 2008 in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed. Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and the UN after the Mumbai strikes and was put under house arrest in November 2008 but freed by a court some months later.

‘Pakistan Army won’t stop Islamabad from improving ties with India’


FORMER ISI Chief, Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani, who has triggered a controversy in Pakistan with a book he co-authored with his once-rival Indian spymaster, says that the army and the intelligence agency of his country have never stopped any civilian Government in Islamabad from improving ties with India if done on the basis of “sound principles” of International relations.

“The common belief (that civilian Governments in Pakistan are subservient to the military when it comes to critical foreign policies) is seriously flawed. No one ever prevented a civilian Government from improving relations with India - if it did that according to sound principles of relations between nations. Otherwise, even a military ruler like Musharraf could come to grief,” Durrani told IANS.