Exclusive: Pakistani with U.S. bounty said helping de-radicalize militants

Hafiz Saeed, the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, leaves after a news conference in RawalpindiISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An Islamist leader who had a $10 million American bounty placed on his head this week has been helping Pakistan de-radicalize militants under efforts to stabilize the strategic U.S. ally, a top Pakistani counter-terrorism official said on Friday. Hafiz Saeed, suspected of masterminding an attack by Pakistan-based gunmen on India’s financial capital Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people, including six Americans, met government officials from the Punjab province and pledged his support for the drive, the official said. …

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