Hafiz Saeed threatens to show India ‘what real surgical strikes are’
Jama’at-ud-Da’wah chief and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has warned India of a “”befitting response” to the Indian Army’s surgical strikes in Line of Control (LoC) in which Defence Ministry claimed to have eliminated around 40 Pakistani terrorists.
Hafiz Saeed also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would now know what was meant by “surgical strikes”.
In a public address, Saeed said: “We will tell you [India’s PM Narendra Modi] what is a real surgical strike…and you will get the deserved response soon.”
“I want to tell Indian media to see soon how Pakistani jawans conduct surgical strikes. Let me tell you…the United States will not be able to help you,” Saeed said, a day after India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
“Now it is Pakistan’s turn to give a befitting response to India. Narendra Modi will now know what is meant by surgical strikes,” Saeed added.
Meanwhile, the United States strongly opposed to a threats of nuclear warfare made by Pakistan against India. The US, as per media report, has conveyed its displeasure to that country in this regard.
A senior State Department official said: “We made that (American objection on nuclear threat) clear to them (Pakistan). Repeatedly.”
The official who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, did not reveal the level at which the message was conveyed to Pakistan.
The official said, “It is very concerning. It is a serious thing.” He was responding when asked about Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s assertions, twice in the last 15 days, that his country could use nuclear weapons against India.
Hafiz Saeed is a co-founder of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba and the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD), which operates mainly from Pakistan and has had sanctions placed against it as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations.
In April 2012, the United States announced a bounty of $10 million on Saeed for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which six American citizens were killed among hundreds of other victims, but there have been protests in Pakistan against the US bounty.