JuD warns India against "striking" Pakistan

Outlawed outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawah has asked India to hand over persons involved in Samjhauta blast.

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2011, 15:43 PM IST

Islamabad: Outlawed radical outfit
Jamaat-ud-Dawah has warned India against "striking" Pakistan
and asked it to hand over persons involved in the Samjhauta
Express train bombing.

The 10-point declaration was adopted at the "Defence
of Islam and Pakistan`s Stability" conference organised by JuD
at the Jamia-al-Dirasat Islamia seminary in Karachi yesterday.

It called for the US to be declared an enemy of
Pakistan and warned the government against releasing Indian
death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh.

The declaration also warned India against "striking"
Pakistan and asked it to hand over persons involved in the
2007 Samjhauta Express train bombing, in which 68 people were
killed mostly Pakistanis.

It also warned the people about alleged attempts by
India, Israel and the US to destabilise Pakistan and called
for unity among citizens to defend the country.

Among those who addressed the gathering was senior JuD
leader Abdur Rehman Makki, who contended the situation in
Pakistan was "not as bad as the local and Western media says".

Makki pointed to the perceived inability of the US to
win the war in Afghanistan and said if "Pakistan is worried
about the future, (Admiral) Mike Mullen and (Gen David)
Petraeus are more worried!"

Makki also praised slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin
Laden, who was killed in a US raid in Abbottabad on May 2.

"He killed thousands of US citizens."
He brought five planes that hit American buildings.

He brought the CIA and the FBI back to their senses,"
Makki was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune newspaper.

However, the conference guarded by Kalashnikov-toting
men was attended by only about 100 seminary students.

One speaker described the US, India and Israel as a
"satanic trinity".

The speakers called for the imposition of an "Islamic
system" in Pakistan and referred to the alleged presence of a
number of "spies" in the country.

JuD leader Ameer Hamza said the event was organised as
a "follow-up on the resolution passed by parliament in the
in-camera briefing to reduce US involvement in Pakistan."

Other speakers contended that the recent criticism of
the Pakistani military was wrong and part of "propaganda".

"If we criticise the military, then we are playing
into the hands of the US," said one speaker.

The 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings were a terrorist
attack that occurred around midnight on 18 February 2007 on
the Samjhauta Express.

Sixty-eight people were killed in the ensuing fire and
dozens more were injured. Of the 68 fatalities, most were
Pakistani civilians.

PTI