Date: 08 Apr 2012


In a message dated 08/04/2012 14:24:18 GMT Daylight Time, writes:\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Saeed helping de-radicalise militants, says Pak official \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Reuters\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Posted: Apr 07, 2012 at 0413 hrs IST \ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Islamabad Michael Georgy \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Lashkar founder and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed who had a $10 million American bounty placed on his head this week has been helping Pakistan de-radicalise militants under efforts to stabilise the strategic US ally, a top Pakistani counter-terrorism official said on Friday. Saeed, suspected of masterminding the 2008 attack, met officials from the Punjab province and pledged his support for the drive, the official said. He has agreed with the Punjab government programme of de-radicalisation and rehabilitation of former jihadis and extended full cooperation, the counter-terrorism official told Reuters.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The counter-terrorism official said Saeed had not been paid for his de-radicalisation activities. US officials in Washington said the decision to offer the reward under the State Department’s longstanding Rewards for Justice programme came after months of discussions among US agencies involved in counter-terrorism. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The announcement of a reward for Saeed comes at a time of strained ties between the US and Pakistan and is likely to increase pressure on Islamabad to take action against one of Pakistan’s most notorious Islamist leaders. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ A senior police official in Punjab province, who is closely involved with investigations into militant activity, confirmed that Saeed and his supporters were helping efforts to transform militants into law-abiding citizens. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) were consulted, and they approved the de-radicalisation plan. They assured us of their intellectual input and resource materials. They also offered teachers, he told Reuters, referring to the charity Saeed heads. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The bounty highlighted the divide between the US’ direct approach to tackling militancy, and strategies employed by Pakistan, a nuclear-armed South Asian nation seen as critical to US efforts to pacifying Afghanistan. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ While Pakistan has mounted offensives against militant groups like the homegrown Taliban, it also contends other tactics such as de-radicalisation are vital to sustaining battlefield gains. Yahya Mujahid, the JuD spokesman, said the group had not participated in the de-radicalisation programme. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Hafiz Khalid Waleed, another senior JuD member, declined to comment on whether the Islamist leader had been directly assisting the government in de-radicalisation. But he said Saeed and his followers were promoting non-violence. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\‘No amount of Pak denial can exonerate Saeed’ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Bangalore: India Friday said all details of Hafiz Saeed’s alleged role in the 26/11 attacks have been provided to Pakistan and no amount of denial by Islamabad can exonerate the JuD chief’s role in the attacks. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\“The dossier the Home Minister has provided to Pakistan has every detail of Saeed’s involvement in the planning and execution of terrorist attack on Mumbai,” Foreign Minister S M Krishna said. “So no amount of denial would exonerate them unless there is a judicial inquiry into the whole episode whereby responsibilities can be fixed but unfortunately Pakistan has not thought it proper to investigate this.” PTI =============================================== 000000000