Lahore: Two days after Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed claimed that it was Pakistan, and not India, behind his detention, the Mumbai attack mastermind on Monday dared the Shahid Abbasi-led government to arrest him if it could. Saeed said he would dedicate 2018 to “Kashmiris who are struggling for freedom”.
While addressing a rally in Lahore, Saeed said: If the Pakistani government wants to arrest me…come and go for it, but I will not stop dedicating 2018 for Kashmiris.
“We will emerge more strongly if you try to suppress us,” said Saeed, who was listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US.He criticised ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif for not playing his role on the issue of Kashmir.
He also claimed that on the pressure of the US and India “our media coverage is banned in Pakistan”. Saeed, who was released from house arrest in Pakistan in November, carries a bounty of USD 10 million on his head.
He asked the government to allow the United Nations Security Council monitoring team to visit JuD and FIF (Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation) centres in the country so that it could come to know about their charity work.
“We welcome the international monitoring teams to our centres.” The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. It has been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014.