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A day after it was reported that a UN Security Council team would visit Pakistan, The Nation on Monday reported that the country won’t allow the sanctions monitoring team any access to 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
Amid mounting global pressure on Pakistan to act against Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and entities linked to him, a UN Security Council team is expected to visit the country this week for an assessment of Islamabad’s compliance with the world body’s sanctions regime.
According to Pakistan daily The Nation, diplomatic officials at the Pakistan foreign ministry have said that the UNSC team’s visit was “not designed to press Pakistan”.
The two-day visit of the UN Security Council’s sanctions monitoring team will begin on Thursday. “The monitoring team of the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee will be here on January 25 and 26,” a senior Pakistani official was quoted as saying by The Dawn.
The UN monitoring team’s visit is taking place amid increasing pressure on Pakistan from the US and India with respect to the inadequate implementation of the sanctions on Saeed and entities linked to him.
However, Pakistani officials, insist that the trip is a routine visit. Saeed was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.
According to the Pakistani media, officials have said that the UNSC team will be visiting the country only to “discuss official information” on issues in connection with certain banned outfits, however, they won’t be allowed any access to Saeed or his entities, neither are they expected to seek access of any kind.
On Friday, the US State Department said it has told clearly to Islamabad that Saeed is a “terrorist” and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, reacting strongly to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s remarks that there was no case against the Mumbai attack mastermind.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said: “He is listed by the UNSC 1267, the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions due to his affiliation with Lashkar-e- Taiba, which is a designated foreign terror organisation.”