JK’s liberation our goal: JuD
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Lahore, Feb 5: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Friday said the only solution to problems between India and Pakistan is the “liberation of Jammu and Kashmir,” failing which militant groups would resort to the “option of Jehad”.
Addressing a gathering of about 10,000 people at the Mall Road here to mark ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, Saeed said this is the message he would convey to Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram if he came to Lahore during his upcoming visit to Pakistan.
“We are not against composite dialogues. I ask Chidambaram to first come to Lahore before going to Islamabad and hold talks with me. I will tell him a solid solution to the problems between India and Pakistan,” said Saeed.
“There is only one solution to all the problems – liberate Kashmir. Otherwise the option of ‘Jehad’ (holy war) is open for us,” Saeed said.
Saeed also warned the Pakistan government not to fool the people in the name of the composite dialogue with India.
“Our rulers get happy whenever India expresses its wish for talks with Pakistan. I want to tell them that India will never talk about liberating Srinagar and Jammu and Pakistan must understand this,” he said.
He also spoke of what he described as the Indian role in the creation of Bangladesh by dividing Pakistan and the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya.
He claimed that after blaming the JuD for the Mumbai atta cks, Indian leaders had now started finding the culprits responsible for the assault within their country.
Saeed also said it was the “religious” duty of every Muslim to help members of the religion who are in trouble in any part of the world.
These are the first major public events organised by the JuD, which had kept a low profile in the wake of the Mumbai attacks due to the scrutiny of its leaders.
Authorities put in place strict security measures to avert any untoward incidents during the JuD meeting.
Farid Ahmed Paracha of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Hurriyat leader Ashraf Sawaf and United Jehad Council leader Gen Abdullah also addressed the rally.
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