JuD beefs security at Saeed`s house after bounty

JuD leaders said they had not sought extra security from law enforcement agencies to protect Saeed.

Lahore: The Jamaat-ud-Dawah on Tuesday beefed up
security at the residence of its chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed in
the Pakistani city of Lahore after the US announced a
10-million dollar bounty for the man accused of masterminding
the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Besides nine policemen from Punjab Police deployed at
Saeed`s two-storey home at E Block of Jouhar Town, the JuD
posted more armed volunteers to ensure foolproof security.

JuD leaders said they had not sought extra security from
law enforcement agencies to protect Saeed and his brother-
in-law Abdul Rehman Makki, for whom the US offered a two
million dollar reward.

"We are relying on our own security. After the US move,
we have attached extra volunteers with Hafiz sahib," a senior
JuD leader told PTI at Saeed`s residence.

A JuD spokesman claimed US bounty was "another attack by
US government on Muslims and Islam."

The JuD volunteers set up three barricades about 200 to
300 meters from Saeed`s house.

The nine policemen were guarding these barricades while
the JuD volunteers, equipped with sophisticated weapons, were
on duty inside the building.

"After today`s development, the JuD men asked us to be
more vigilant," a police guard, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said.

He said groups of nine policemen were deployed at
Saeed`s house for shifts of six hours. Some 60 policemen were
deployed at the residence when Saeed was under house arrest,
the police guard said.

The JuD also maintains records of several families living
in buildings adjacent to Saeed`s home. Any person visiting
these buildings has to undergo a body search by JuD volunteers
before entering the barricaded street where Saeed`s residence
is located.

Saeed was not in his residence today as he was away on a
tour. He recently addressed a meeting at Faisalabad and was
scheduled to visit Layyah, located about 300 km from Lahore. A
Lahore Police spokesman said authorities had not received any
request from Saeed for extra security.

"We have nothing to do with the US move to put a bounty
on Saeed. Unless Saeed gives us a written request about a
threat to his life in the wake of the US reward, we cannot
provide him further security," he said. In a related development, JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid
contended that the US had offered a 10-million dollar reward
for Saeed due to his involvement in the Defa-e-Pakistan
Council`s efforts to oppose the reopening of NATO supply
routes through Pakistan, American drone strikes in the tribal
areas and trade with India.

"The head money is a strange move as the whole world
knows where Hafiz sahib and Makki are living. They are not
living in the forests, hills or caves," Mujahid said.

"Hafiz Saeed and Makki are the most popular religious
leaders of Pakistan and their relief and religious activities
are not hidden from anyone," Mujahid said.

He claimed the US move was "politically motivated" and
that the US government is "trying to please India".

Mujahid said the DPC was aware of "conspiracies being
hatched by the US, India and their allies against Pakistan`s

The US bounty for Saeed indicated "the negative tactics
being adopted by them after the frustration of their ulterior
motives and plans by the DPC," he said.

The JuD and DPC would defend Pakistan and play a pivotal
role in the fight against foreign elements meddling in the
country`s affairs, Mujahid said.

Though Saeed was "not distressed by the US?s negative
tactics, their actions would further stoke anti-American
sentiment in Pakistan" he claimed.


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