Saeed’s acquittal has disturbed us all : Holbrooke

June 3rd, 2009 - 3:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Richard Holbrooke Islamabad, Jun 3 (ANI): The US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has said that the Lahore High Court’s verdict to release Jaamat-ud Daawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has disturbed the United States.

“His release has disturbed us all,” The News quoted Holbrooke, as saying.

Holbrooke, who is currently on a visit to Pakistan to assess the situation arising out of the massive displacement of over three million people due to the Swat military offensive, and to accelerate international relief efforts in the region, said that the Pakistan Army was correct in carrying military action against the extremists.

He opined that the relief funds of 110 million dollars were not sufficient for thousands of people rendered homeless due to the military operation.

Holbrooke said the United States would continue its support to Pakistan, and informed that it would soon provide four MI-17 helicopters to Islamabad.

He also informed that Washington has already has provided the Pakistan Army with the night vision binoculars to carry out their operation against the extremists more effectively.

“The militants in Buner, Malakand and the adjoining areas want to spoil the Pakistan of Jinnah. The US will not leave Pakistan alone at this critical juncture,” Holbrooke added. (ANI)

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