Pak Minister vows to protect Hafiz

LAHORE, Dec 17: Exposing Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s seriousness on combating terrorism, his junior Interior Minister has vowed to “protect” Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his party in a leaked video.
The leaked video showed Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi talking to the Milli Muslim League (MML) leaders and when his attention was drawn towards non-registration of Saeed’s party by the Election Commission (ECP) as a political party due to the US pressure and the ECP’s plan to declare it a terrorist organisation, the Minister said: “We will not let this happen.”
“As long as we (the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf) are in the Government all those including Hafiz Saeed who are raising voice for Pakistan and righteousness, we are with them,” Afridi said, adding “this is our belief.”
“I request you to come to the National Assembly and see whether we are supporting those who on the right path or not,” he told them.
Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and the UN after the 2008 Mumbai attack and was put under house arrest in November 2008 but freed by a court some months later. He carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for his role in terror activities.
In the leaked video, an MML leader said the High Court ordered the ECP to register the MML as a political party but the top election body said that it had come to know that the US had declared MML a terrorist organisation.
On this, the Minister assured that “this will not happen in the Imran Khan’s Government.” (PTI)