In a major embarrassment to Pakistan, former Pakistan Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani said on Tuesday that Pakistan should stop giving importance to globally acknowledged terrorist Hafiz Saeed.
“Having a global-designated terrorist in any position is not going to help Pakistan in any way. Should a man who has been acknowledged as a terrorist by the rest of the world, be given so much importance as he is getting from Pakistan,” said Haqqani.
He further says that though it is a good thing that Pakistan is seeking for evidence before calling Saeed a terrorist, however, when most of the world is convinced that Hafiz Saeed is running a terrorist outfit, this fact should not go without merit in Pakistan.
Haqqani was attending the Raising Dialogue which was held in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, 2018, Army Chief General Rawat said that to fight terrorism, the first action that needs to be taken is to identify nations which have a state's sponsored policy of supporting terrorism.
General Rawat said,
"Terror is not new to the International community but the contour of terrorism is now witnessing a change. The first thing is to identify and define the terrorist. Who exactly is a terrorist? The fact remains that anybody who uses violence as a means to cause disruption to the civilian life and property, within his own nation or outside the boundaries of their own nation, should ideally be called a terrorist."
He added that any nation which supports terrorism to achieve its means to an end needs to be tackled with first.