Hafiz Saeed threat to us, says Pakistan Defence Minister
India has repeatedly accused Hafiz Saeed of being the mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
In a first of such statement from Pakistan, Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed can pose a “serious threat” to the country.
At a security conference in Munich on Sunday, Asif said Saeed as arrested by Pakistani authorities in the “larger interest of the country.” India has repeatedly accused Hafiz Saeed of being the mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
“Terrorism is not synonymous to any religion...terrorists are not Muslims or Christians or Buddhists or Hindus...they are criminals,” Asif said at the conference, The Express Tribune reported. Noting that recent militant attacks across Pakistan had heightened the need for greater security, Asif said Islamabad would “counter this threat with full might of our state.”
Earlier on February 5, the JuD and its supporters have threatened to launch countrywide protests unless the government releases Saeed. Since his house arrest on January 30, rallies have been held in a number of regions in Pakistan, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Lower Dir and Mansehra. JuD members have held demonstrations, holding up placards and chanting anti-India and anti-US slogans. Islamabad has added Saeed and his aide Qazi Kashif to its Anti-Terrorism Act, which curtails their movement within the country.