New Delhi: Mumbai blast mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has asked the Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to send troops to Kashmir to "obey" the pending order of Pakistan's founder MA Jinnah. Hafiz Saeed wants India to teach lesson.
This seems to be a considerable step-down for the man on whose head the United States has a $10-million bounty, because less than a month earlier he had promised his "sister" and Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi he was coming to Kashmir.
According to Pakistan media, Saeed has asked this to Army chief General Raheel Sharif. Last month Saeed had said that the ongoing protests on the Indian side of Kashmir would be intensified and warned that the deaths in the region would not be in vain. Addressing a meet in Lahore on Tuesday, Saeed said, “This time the people in Kashmir are on streets. This protest has become a mass movement.
All groups in Kashmir have united. All the wings of the Hurriyat have become one. The Muttahida Jihad Council and all other groups have come on to the same platform. Those who have died in Kashmir, their deaths will not be in vain.”
At least 58 people were killed and several others injured, with both people and security forces turning hostile in protest-related violence in the Kashmir Valley, after Kashmiris took to the streets to condemn the killing of Wani. He said Saeed in an event organized to express solidarity with Wani. Recounting his association with Wani, he said the Hizbul Mujahideen commander was prepared to die after talking to him.
Saeed had also revelaed that he had received a phone call from Asiya Andrabi, the founder of separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat, seeking his help to resolve what she called ‘the crisis on the Indian side of Kashmir’. Warning India, he said that it could either accept separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s four-point formula on Kashmir and withdraw security forces from the Valley, or face the decision in battlefield.
He also organised a “Kashmir Caravan” from Lahore to Islamabad. The caravan, comprising of trucks and buses, stretched for several kilometers, and passed through many cities, including Gujaranwala, Jhelum and Gujarat. His rallies were attended by federal ministers and religious leaders of various organisations. The Pakistan’s Government direct links with HafizSaeed has been further exposed by Islamabad allowing him to lead an anti-India rally on the Kashmir issue.