Hours after being freed from house arrest, Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed attacking India in a speech in Lahore, blaming New Delhi for “spreading terror in Pakistan” and claiming the reason he detained in the first place was because he “spoke for the people of Kashmir”.
Saeed, who is accused of masterminding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was addressing a Friday prayer crowd in Lahore after being the Pakistani government, in compliance with a court order, withdrew the orders under which the terrorist chief had been detained.
“I am fighting the case of Kashmiris in Pakistan,” Saeed said in Lahore, “There should be no dialogue with India until they take their forces out of Kashmir.” Accusing former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff of ‘betrayal’, Saeed said, “Nawaz Sharif proved to be a traitor to the people of Kashmir, that’s why he got kicked out of power.”
“The government of Pakistan needs to take their own decisions and stop getting dictation (sic) from outside,” the Lashkar-e-Taiba co-founder went on to say in a possible reference to the United States of America, which, under the Donald Trump administration, has been steadily increasing pressure on Islamabad to act against terrorist groups operating in and around Pakistan.
“India is involved in spreading terror across Pakistan,” Saeed also said, adding, “Till the time people like Kulbashan (sic) will keep entering Pakistan, unrest will prevail.” Saeed was talking about Kulbushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer whom Pakistan has accused of espionage.
A military court in Pakistan convicted and sentenced Jadhav to death on charges of spying and terrorism. India has contested the military court’s decision at the International Court of Justice.
Saeed was released from house arrest midnight Thursday after a Lahore High Court panel rejected the Pakistani government’s request to keep the JuD chief detained. According to a dispatch from news agency IANS, the government’s request contended Saeed was a threat to public safety, but the court turned it down citing a lack of evidence.
According to IANS, Saeed who carries a $10 million bounty announced by the US for his role in terrorist activities and first placed under house arrest on January 30 this year.
The US and the UN classify JuD as a terrorist group and it is alleged to be a front organization for the terror outfit LeT, whose attack on Mumbai led to the death of 166 Indians and foreigners and almost brought India and Pakistan to war.
New Delhi also accuses the LeT of carrying out terror attacks in other parts of India, including Jammu and Kashmir, where a separatist campaign backed by Pakistan and raging since 1989 has left thousands dead.
India had earlier denounced the Pakistani court’s decision to free Saeed, saying it “confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of the Pakistani government in bringing to justice the perpetrators of heinous acts of terrorism”.
source: India Today