Hafiz Saeed placed on Pakistan’s Exit Control List, JuD threatens countrywide protest
Authorities on Monday placed Saeed under house arrest along with four other individuals, namely Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz, in Lahore.
Two days after Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest, JuD and other religious parties in Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to launch a countrywide protest movement if their leader was not released immediately.
Pakistan's Interior Ministry also banned the JuD chief from travelling out of the country after Saeed and four other JuD leaders were put under house arrest on the order of Punjab Province's Interior Ministry on Monday in pursuance to a directive from the Federal Interior Ministry on January 27.
Moreover, the ministry has also forwarded a letter to all provincial governments and the Federal Investigation Agency, which included Saeed among 38 others placed on the Exit Control List.
Media reports said all of them were said to be affiliated with the Jamaat-ud-Dawah or Lashkar-e-Taiba, which he is said to have founded.
JuD along with Difai (defence) Council of Pakistan (DCP), an umbrella coalition of more than 40 Pakistani Political and Religious parties, said the responsibility would lie with the rulers if the Kashmir movement suffered any disruption or weakness as result of the arrest.
They promised to take out a nationwide rally on February 5 to support the cause of Kashmiris on the instruction of Saeed. DCP Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq said that house arrest of Saeed was aimed at pleasing India.
"Only a few days ago, a public gathering of the DCP has designated 2017 for liberation of Kashmir, which had irked India. The house arrest of Hafiz will not, in any way, affect the movement. Hafiz Saeed was released by courts. His arrest is without any reason or justification and he should be released instantly," Haq demanded.