Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has expressed disappointment over the verdict of the Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday, which upheld the Lahore High Court's decision to release Jama'at-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, citing lack of evidence.

“There is a sense of disappointment. I am sure everybody in this country will share the same sense of disappointment on this development, especially when we regard Hafiz Saeed as one of the masterminds of the Mumbai terror attacks and he has openly urged jihad against India,” Ms. Rao said here while replying to questions after a briefing on President Pratibha Patil's visit to China.

Pointing out that JuD has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations Security Council, Ms. Rao said she felt India had given enough evidence to Pakistan on the activities and role of Saeed.

“Pakistan has assured us that it will not allow its territory to be used against India. We hope Pakistan will be sensitive to our concerns and take meaningful action,” she added.

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