Would not mind Indo-Pak N-war: JuD Chief

JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed haS stepped up calls for jihad against India.

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2011, 19:07 PM IST

Islamabad: Extremist leaders, including
JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, have stepped up calls for jihad against
India, even advocating the use of nuclear weapons if needed in
the "war for Kashmir".

The vicious comments at a massive rally organised by
Jamaat-ud-Dawah to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day, have come
at a time when India and Pakistan are trying to find ways to
revive the peace process.

At the rally, speaker after speaker espoused the use
of jihad or holy war to settle the Kashmir issue and Saeed
said this approach should be adopted even if even leads to a
"nuclear war" with India.

Saeed, blamed by India for masterminding the Mumbai
attacks, said: "I want to give a message to (Prime Minister)
Manmohan Singh - quit Kashmir or get ready to face a war".

He was addressing a rally of about 20,000 supporters
on the Mall, one of the main thoroughfares of Lahore,
yesterday.

"You (Singh) must remember that the movement of the
Kashmiri people is nearing an end and I am telling you very
clearly to immediately leave Kashmir.

"Otherwise we are ready to start a war against you to
get this at any cost," Saeed told the rally held to mark
Kashmir Solidarity Day.

"The only solution to the Kashmir issue is jihad,"
said Saeed.

The jihad should continue "as long as Kashmir remains
under Indian occupation" and there would be "no problem" if
the fighting leads to nuclear war between Pakistan and India,
he contended.

JuD deputy chief Abdur Rehman Makki demanded that
Pakistan`s Prime Minister should set up an independent
ministry for the jihad in Kashmir.

"The JuD will provide the budget for this ministry if
(the Prime Minister) accepts our proposal," he said.

Offering to provide one million trained fighters to
wage the jihad, Makki called on the Pakistan Army chief to
provide Kalashnikovs for these fighters.

Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Liaquat Baloch, who
also addressed the rally, said it was obligatory for Muslims
to be ready for jihad.

The rally was held a day before the Indian and
Pakistani Foreign Secretaries meeting on the margins of a
SAARC conference in Bhutan to find ways to give a nudge to the
peace process, stalled since the Mumbai attacks of November
2008 that killed 166 people.

Saeed, however, claimed India wants to "linger" on the
Kashmir issue on the pretext of holding a dialogue with
Pakistan.

PTI