Unlike Osama bin Laden, who kept a low profile in his hideout in Pakistan, the founder of a militant group that has ties to al Qaeda and American blood on its hands routinely speaks before tens of thousands of Pakistanis and incites hatred against the United States.
Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group founded by Mr. Saeed, carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, including six Americans. U.S. and Indian officials say Mr. Saeed helped plan those attacks.
“These things are somewhat complicated to work through all of the details. So the announcements were only able to be posted when the process was complete,” she added.
The U.S.-Pakistani relationship hit bottom after the arrest of CIA contractor Raymond Davis in January 2011 on charges of killing two Pakistanis in the eastern city of Lahore; the death of al Qaeda leader bin Laden in a U.S. commando raid in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad in May; and a NATO attack on Pakistani border posts in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides is expected to arrive Wednesday for meetings in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
Mr. Saeed has whipped up opposition to strikes by unmanned U.S. drones on terrorist suspects in Pakistan. A Pakistani parliamentary committee also has demanded that the drone strikes be stopped, but the Obama administration considers the drones effective tools in the war against terrorists.