New Delhi/Washington, July 18: US President Donald Trump, who claimed credit for the arrest of Hafiz Saeed by Pakistan government, was trolled on social media for calling the Lashkar-e-Taiba founder "so-called Mumbai terror attacks mastermind". Donald Trump was also trolled for saying that Hafiz Saeed was arrested after "10 years of search", while the fact is his whereabouts are known to the Pakistan government.
"After a ten-year search, the so-called mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks has been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him," Trump said in the tweet without naming Saeed who was arrested by Pakistani authorities outside Lahore. Many were shocked to read Trump's tweet because he described Saeed as "so-called mastermind" of Mumbai attacks. US House Kills Impeachment Resolution Against US President Donald Trump.
Donald Trump's tweet on Hafiz Saeed's arrest:
After a ten year search, the so-called “mastermind” of the Mumbai Terror attacks has been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2019
Moreover, Trump's claim that it took 10 years to find Saeed left people stumped. Saeed has been roaming around freely in Pakistan and even floated Milli Muslim League to contest the general election and had fielded more than 200 candidates. He had also organised an anti-India rally in February this year. Many on Twitter called out Trump for his "ignorance". Pakistan Wasn't Searching for Hafiz Saeed, He Was Living Freely: US Committee Counters Donald Trump.
"He was organising rallies, roaming around freely. He even challenged the US to catch him in a mass rally after the US declared bounty. He was not “found” today. He is just shifting from his own home to a safe gvt guest house.Get better informed and don’t get fooled by Pak, AGAIN (sic)," a Twitter user wrote.
"You are so ignorant bro. Finding him was never an issue. He operated freely and was highly visible. even running for election. He has been arrested and released many times over. You should fire whoever gave you the wrong information. Or was it Fox and Friends?" another user wrote.
Twitterati trolling Donald Trump:
Hafeez Saaed was always there in fron in Pakistan, they were never searching him.
He even formed a political party & contested elections last years.
Pakistan is a terrorist nation, they are just giving him security from surgical strikes by arresting him.
— Scar (@RAC7R) July 17, 2019
What is this “so called”
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) July 17, 2019
“So-called”..!!! Is this sarcasm directed at Pakistan? Or you are serious? BTW, he was openly doing rallies these 10 years....founded a political party and even fought election. Did he need to be found 🤔
— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) July 17, 2019
The US committee for foreign affairs also pointed out to Trump that Saeed was living freely in Pakistan. FYI Pakistan wasn't searching for him for 10 years. He’s been living freely, and was arrested and released in: December 2001, May 2002, October 2002, August 2006 (twice), December 2008, September 2009, January 2017," read a tweet by House Foreign Affairs Committee.
House Foreign Affairs Committee's tweet:
FYI Pakistan wasn't searching for him for 10 years. He’s been living freely, and was arrested and released in:
August 2006 (twice)
Let’s hold the 👏 until he’s convicted. https://t.co/qMtD7wgSp9
— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) July 17, 2019
Hafiz Saeed's re-arrest came ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's meeting with Trump. India termed Saeed's arrest another drama by Pakistan. "This is not the first time that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested or detained. This drama has taken place at least eight times since 2001. The question is whether this time it would be more than a cosmetic exercise and whether Saeed will be tried and sentenced for his terrorist activities," India's Ministry of External Affairs said.