The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in its weekly briefing on Friday, slammed Pakistan's duplicity on matters related to 26/11 mastermind and global terrorist Hafiz Saeed. Speaking about the demand for allowance for the 26/11 mastermind Saeed by Pakistan, MEA spokesperson said that the action exposed Pakistan's stand towards terrorists. He said: "Hafiz Saeed is a global terrorist, is the mastermind of 26/11 terror attack. Yet Pakistan demanded pocket money for him from the UN. And then when we take action against terror groups, Pakistan is not ready to accept. That is their duplicity." The MEA spokesperson also reiterated that Pakistan needs to show conclusive evidence of action against terror groups.
Pakistan reached out to the UN Security Council with a plea to allow UN-designated terrorist and 26/11 mastermind to access his bank account to cover 'basic living expenses.' Putting forward a request for the terrorist and Pakistan citizen, Pakistan in a letter to UN said that Hafiz Saeed needs funds to cover the basic expenses for his 'family of four,' as a 'sole supporter' and its responsible for food, drink and clothes expenses for his family members. Pakistan requested to give an allowance of 1,50,000 Pakistan rupees to the terrorist per month.
"His bank account was blocked by the Government of Pakistan under compliance with UN Security Council resolution 1267, requesting an asset freeze exemption to access frozen funds in the amount of Rs 1.5 lakh (USD 1000 or INR 68,000) to cover the necessary basic living expenses for himself and his family," Pakistan’s request to the UN Security Council panel said. The request by Pakistan was accepted by the UN Security Council committee. It has permission, Hafiz Saeed, to withdraw around $1,000 to cover the basic necessities for him and his family.