Lahore: 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed has claimed that India is using Afghan soil against Pakistan, resulting in the United States’ decision to suspend military aid to the country.
In a gathering at Masjid Al-Qadsia here on Friday, Saeed claimed that India and the US “encircled” Pakistan and were specially targeting Balochistan for terrorism, according to the Khaama Press.
He added that India’s activities on Afghan soil had made Pakistan a battlefield.
Continuing his tirade, he described the US as the “biggest terrorist” in the world and criticised the Pakistani politicians for obeying the orders of the US and other Western countries.
Saeed, who is the founder of Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD), was designated a “terrorist” by the UN and has a USD 10 million-bounty placed on him by the United States in 2012.
The United States’ department in 2014 had named the JuD as a “foreign terrorist organisation”, a status that freezes assets of the organisation under its jurisdiction.
Saeed, who had recently been released from house arrest, is also looking to contest the 2018 general elections in Pakistan and has, thereby, formed a party by the name of Milli Muslim League (MML).
Pakistan prohibited the JuD and Falah-i-Insaaniyat Foundation (FIF”>FIF) from collecting donations from individuals and companies in January.
However, they were found working openly under the patronage of security forces.
India has, time and again, protested against Pakistan for harbouring Saeed, who is wanted for allegedly plotting the 2008 attack, which claimed 166 lives. (Agencies)