"They [the militants] are a liability and it will take time for Pakistan to work its way through that".
On Wednesday, Pakistan's interior ministry has opposed the registration of Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) political wing Milli Muslim League (MML), putting brakes to Hafeez Saeed's political ambitions. It may be recalled that Hafiz Saeed belongs to the dreaded terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. It may be recalled that Saeed was the mastermind in the 2008 Mumbai attack.
The U.N. and the US have already declared JuD a terrorist organisation but Pakistan had stalled action after the JuD got a reprieve from the Punjab High Court.
Saifullah Khalid, who claimed to be the president of the new party, had said at the time of the launch that the new party will strive to make Pakistan a "real Islamic state" and demanded the immediate release of Saeed, who is under "house arrest" since January. These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back.
Khawaja Asif as reported by the Indian Express said, "They are liabilities".
India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had hit out at Pakistan for creating terror groups like LeT, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network, India today asked Pakistani leaders to introspect as to why their country is infamous as the "pre- eminent export factory for terror".
Asif added that the USA, meanwhile, accuses Pakistan of "harboring terrorists", even though the Taliban does not need Pakistani territory to operate from.
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Asif, who is attending the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, added: "Don't blame us for Haqqanis or don't blame us for the Hafiz Saeed". At that time, Asif also said there was no military solution for the Afghan conflict and the focus should be shifted to a "politically-negotiated settlement".
"Scapegoating Pakistan for all the Afghan ills is neither fair nor accurate".
Earlier in February, Saeed was listed under the Anti-Terrorist Act by Pakistan.
"We are mindful of the strong desire in the United States to bring the "long war" in Afghanistan to an end", the minister said. Asif also said he had no problems with U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis' remarks about the USA deepening its ties with India with an eye on the situation in Afghanistan if such a move did not take place at the expense of Pakistan. He stressed the need to discuss all issues, including the decades-old Kashmir dispute - the main source of tension between the two countries.
Analysts have slammed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif for saying that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif staked his political career for stabilizing relations with India. "Pakistan reached out to India to seek normalisation of relations and resolution of all disputes through dialogue and engagement, but India did not reciprocate", he added.