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Hafiz Saeed wants UN to remove him from terrorist list

Sayeed Muhammad

Recently released Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has filed a petition in the United Nations (UN) for delisting his name from the its list of designated terrorists. In December 2008, Saeed was put on the list by the UN Security Council for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, reports The Express Tribune. His spokesperson, Nadeem Awan, confirmed the petition has been filed on behalf of the JuD chief by Supreme Court Advocate Navid Rasul Mirza. “We were working on this petition since a long time and it was filed to the UN while Hafiz Saeed was still under house arrest,” Awan said.In January, Pakistani authorities placed Saeed under house arrest for his activities to ‘harm peace and security’, which was extended in April and then again in August before being lifted in November. Barrister Haider Rasul Mirza, a lawyer for Saeed, refused to comment as he could not divulge details of his clients saying it is not under his mandate to do so. According to the UN, a formal petition can be filed by individuals, groups, undertakings or entities seeking to be removed from the Security Council’s al Qaeda Sanctions Committee List can request for delisting to an independent and impartial Ombudsperson who has been appointed by the Secretary-General.

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