Pakistan defence minister called India's mouthpiece for saying Hafiz Saeed is threat to country
Jamaat-ud- Dawa has also said that it will hold protest rallies across Pakistan today against Asif's statement.
Pakistan's defence minister Khwaja Asif has been called as an "India's mouthpiece" by a variety of political and religious leaders, a day after he said terrorist Hafiz Saeed is a threat to his country, reports The News International.
Saeed's terror outfit Jamaat-ud- Dawa has also said that it will hold protest rallies across Pakistan today against Asif's statement.
The Pakistan's minister on Monday said that the 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind "pose(s) a serious threat to society and has been arrested in the larger national interest."
Pakistan authorities had put the JeM founder under house arrest on January 30 and was named under Pakistan's terror act on Saturday.
Condemning Asif's statement, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Mahmoodur Rasheed said his statement "makes him sound like he's India's defence minister, not Pakistan's.
Rasheed said Islamabad has adopted "a defensive policy as far as India and the US were concerned," The News International reported. PTI is the party founded by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
Pakistan's former PM Azad Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Attique said government officials like Asif were "issuing media statements to appease India."
"The minister has lost control over his tongue," said Jamaat-e-Islami leader Liaquat Baloch. And Defence of Pakistan Council chairman Maulana Samiul Haq said the defence minister - who made the comment while in Germany - "should have raised the issue of atrocities being committed by the Indian Army in Kashmir."
On Monday, the Indian government welcomed Pakistan's decision to go after Saeed under the country's anti-terrorism act.
"Effective action mandated internationally against him and his terrorist organisations and colleagues is a logical first step in bringing them to justice, and in ridding our region of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism," MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.