Difa-e-Pakistan Council Rally in Karachi

Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 16, 2012

Question: What is U.S. reaction to the Difa-e-Pakistan Council rally in Karachi? Has the United States raised concerns with the Pakistani Government?

Answer: The U.S. Government is concerned about the recent public appearances of Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed, including at a recent rally in Karachi. Lashkar-e-Taiba, and its front group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is internationally sanctioned because of its associations with al-Qaida. We have and continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to uphold its obligations in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1267/1989. That resolution calls for all countries to freeze assets of sanctioned groups, prevent the transfer of arms to them, and prevent sanctioned individuals from entering or transiting their territories.

PRN: 2012/235