Hafiz Saeed seeks to ambush Indo-Pak peace process

Hafiz Saeed. Photo PTI
Hafiz Saeed. Photo PTI

Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks and leader of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) group, said violence in India could escalate at any given time.

“You have only seen one attack in Pathankot. Matters could intensify in a jiffy,” said the firebrand cleric while commending the Pathankot attack in January even as the crowds started shouting, “We are ready for jihad”.

Addressing a rally of 1,000 people in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir region, Saeed said, “As many as eight lakh Indian troops are happily killing Kashmiris left and right. Don’t we have a right to carry out Pathankot style attacks in their honour?”

Saeed also complimented terrorist Syed Salahuddin, who heads the United Jihad Council that has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Raking up the Kashmir issue, Saeed said, “Give Kashmiris their rights and then each and every issue will be resolved earnestly.”

Indian officials believe another group—Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)—was behind the attack. Saeed’s freedom and his calls for jihad against India make it consider JuD to be nothing more than a front for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the terror group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead.