Jamaat-ud Dawa chief and the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attack, Hafiz Saeed has asked the Pakistan government to remove his name from Exit control list claiming he is not a security risk to the country. In a letter written to interior ministry’s department of ECL, Hafiz said, “A memorandum issued on Jan 30, 2017 placing 38 individuals should be withdrawn.”
The Pakistani government, apparently under international pressure, put Hafiz and 37 others of his terror outfit on the Exit Control list, that prevents them from leaving the country. Urging government to withdraw its move, Hafiz said,” The JuD has never been involved in any terrorist activity in Pakistan and no incident of any terrorism or destruction of property was ever alleged against the organisation.”
Additionally, the interior ministry put JuD and Falah-e-Insaniyat on a “watch-list” for six months. He argued that no material has ever been produced by federal or provincial governments against him in a court of law.
He cited an observation of a full-bench of the Lahore High Court in a 2009 case against him. The court had said: “In the present case the government is not in possession of any evidence that the petitioners are risk to the security of Pakistan and merely on the basis of the UN Resolution their liberty cannot be curtailed”