Islamabad: Spewing venom, leaders of the
Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a banned group blamed for the Mumbai attacks,
have vowed to convert Pakistan into a "Taliban state" and to
train youths to wage jihad against the US and India.
Addressing a protest meet outside the Lahore Press Club
yesterday against the recent NATO strike that killed 24
Pakistani soldiers, senior JuD leader Ameer Hamza said the
Pakistan Army chief should know he had the full support of the
group, which would turn its followers into skilled fighters.
"JuD will make all of its fighters into Taliban. There
will be Taliban in Punjab University, in Government College,
in Agriculture University Faisalabad," Hamza said, referring
to several leading educational institutions of Punjab
Hamza demanded that the government "kick" the US out of
not just Shamsi airbase but Shahbaz airbase as well, failing
which the JuD would throw out the Americans.
JuD leader Abdul Rehman Makki said people should take
revenge on Americans.
"We will kill Americans," he said, adding the JuD had
trained "hundreds of thousands" of people for jihad.
He claimed the NATO attack on the Pakistani border posts
was intentional and an act of war against Pakistan.
Makki claimed US forces had carried out more than 30
attacks on Pakistan.
"If the government does not get revenge from the US, we
will", he said.
Pakistan should withdraw from the US-led war against
terrorism, he added.
Makki also accused the media of spreading propaganda
against Islam and jihad and in favour of the US.
JuD leader Saifullah Mansoor, who also addressed the
protest, said the group would kill Americans.
"Thousands of fighters are ready and waiting for a call
from our leader Hafiz Saeed", he said.
The JuD, blamed for masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks,
has been spearheading protests in cities across Pakistan
against the NATO air strike on two Pakistani border posts that
killed 24 soldiers.
At most of these protests, the group`s leaders have
criticised the Pakistan government for its move to give India
Most Favoured Nation-status to boost trade.
JuD activists and school children as young as 10 years
participated in the protest outside the Lahore Press Club that
was organised by the group`s students` wing.
Abdullah Gul, son of former ISI chief Hameed Gul, too
addressed the protest and said it was time to "complete the
He said the people of Pakistan "aspired to wage jihad and
it was time to take up the sword".