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Hafiz Saeed calls for jihad to `free Kashmir`

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 17:53

Islamabad: Continuing his anti-India
rant, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has
now said that `jihad` is the only way to free Jammu and
Kashmir from the "Indian yoke".

Saeed, who India blames for masterminding the 2008
Mumbai attacks, made the remarks while addressing a meeting of
JuD workers at the Jamia Masjid Mukarram at Daska in Punjab
province yesterday.

He said the sacrifices of "Kashmiri martyrs would soon
become fruitful and the sun of freedom of Kashmir will rise

Increasing human rights violations, custodial killings
and "genocide of innocent Kashmiris" by Indian security
forces, he said, were "enough to shake the conscience of the
international community".

Saeed was put under house arrest for about six months
after the UN Security Council banned the JuD in the wake of
the Mumbai attacks but was freed on the orders of the Lahore
High Court last year.

Even as India insists that Saeed, who was the founder
of Lashkar-e-Taiba, masterminded the Mumbai terror attack, the
Pakistan government has ruled out his arrest, saying India has
not provided any evidence linking him to the incident.

Saeed, who has been lashing out at India in recent
months, had blamed New Delhi for perpetuating what he called
"water terrorism" against Pakistan, and said the next war
between India and Pakistan could be fought over water.


First Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 17:53

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