Hafiz Saeed to contest general elections next year

Days after his release from house arrest, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks Hafiz Saeed on Saturday announced his decision to contest general elections in Pakistan next year, reports said. Saeed said he would contest the election on the platform of Milli Muslim League (MML), though he did not disclose anything about the constituency, reported Pakistani media. The JuD floated the MML in August this year to mark its entry into politics, promising to make Pakistan “a real Islamic and welfare state”. In January this year, the JuD chief had been detained under the Anti-Terrorism Act. But, as the court refused to extend his detention on November 23, he was released from house arrest.

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Musharraf declares his undying love for LeT, jihad

Terrorist in soldier’s cloth ! Pervez Musharraf openly saying “I Love Lashkar-e-Taiba,JuD..they love me too,met Hafiz Saeed,always wanted to suppress @adgpi in Kashmir. Gen @P_Musharraf U r disgrace on humanity n uniform pic.twitter.com/KnrcKw1fk9

— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) November 29, 2017 Saeed was freed after 10 months of house arrest last week after Islamabad failed to submit proof to a court to back charges that his release would lead to law and order problems. Acknowledging that the JuD and LeT were waging a “jihad” to liberate Jammu and Kashmir from India, Musharraf said: “Yes, they are involved in Kashmir and I support them.” Musharraf said in the interview that he had always favoured “action” in Kashmir. “I was always in favour of action in Kashmir and of suppressing the Indian Army in Kashmir. They are the biggest force (LeT), India got them declared as terrorist by partnering with the US.” New Delhi accuses Pakistan of arming, training and financing militant groups fighting to secede Jammu and Kashmir from India. Musharraf denied the LeT was involved in the Mumbai terror attack that left 166 Indians and foreigners dead. “I don’t think Saeed was behind the 26/11 attack. In Pakistan, we don’t call him a terrorist.” Ten Pakistani terrorists sailed into Mumbai and carried out multiple attacks spread over three days. One of them was caught and hanged by India. Saeed was put under house arrest after the 2008 Mumbai attack but released about six months later. Musharraf said Washington’s statement following the JuD’s chief release last week was an “insult to Pakistan’s sovereignty”. The US had asked Pakistan to re-arrest Saeed. “Please do not dictate to us; we have to decide who … has to be tried or punished.” Musharraf said democracy in Pakistan was not under threat but required “tailoring” in keeping with the country’s requirements. “We need (to make) amendments to the system, political restructuring, electoral reforms and checks balances.” Musharraf, who ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999, now lives in exile in Dubai. He was declared an absconder by an anti-terrorism court in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. (Reproduced tweets do not reflect Lokmarg editorial policy) (IANS) // ]]>

Saeed release is failure of 'hugplomacy', says Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and termed the latter’s relationship with US President Donald Trump as failed “hugplomacy”.

“Narendrabhai, baat nahi bani (this is not done). Terror mastermind is free. President Trump just delinked Pak military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed,” Gandhi tweeted on Saturday morning. The Bharatiya Janata Party hit back at Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress vice-president should stand with the country and not with the mastermind of the Mumbai massacre. “Rahul baba, Aadte nahi badli (Habits have not changed). For once, stand with the country and not with Terrorists as is your habit. You are a known sympathiser of LeT. WikiLeaks and Ishrat Jahan case cover-up exposed your links. By the way have you congratulated your ‘Hafeez Saheb’ on his release yet,” BJP spokesperson G.V.L Narsimha Rao said in a tweet. Accusing the Congress of showing sympathy with Pakistan, the BJP leader said “Congress Ka Haath, Aatankivadiyon ke Saath” would be a more appropriate slogan for the grand old party. “While Manmohan Singh’s government treated Pakistan as a victim state and let it off lightly, Narendra Modi has succeeded in isolating and cornering Pakistan as terroristan not just in the region but globally and in all international fora like the UN, G20, BRICS, ASEAN etc,” Rao said. He said that the Congress and Rahul Gandhi have repeatedly betrayed the country by pandering to anti-India elements. “The manner in which they questioned the surgical strikes against the terror launch pads across the LoC and the utterly disgraceful attacks against the army chief as a ‘Street thug (Sadak Ka Goonda)’ and Rahul Gandhi’s joining the groups shouting “Bharat ki barbaadi” slogans are symptomatic of Congress party’s support for anti-India sentiments. “The statements of Congress leaders eulogising and praising Burhan Wani and their solidarity for separatists clearly show their sympathies for pro-Pakistan elements. It is a tragedy that a party which ruled India for six decades has compromised with the terrorist groups that have bled India for the sake of appeasing a minority vote bank. They have abused Hindu religion with terms like Hindu Terror and Saffron terror for appeasing minorities. In no other country, terror is politicised as the Congress sought to do in power,” he said in a statement.   Saeed walks, and talks of continuing jihad in Kashmir Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, accused by India and the US of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai massacre, was on Friday freed after 10 months of house arrest here and vowed to continue the “jihad” for Jammu and Kashmir’s “independence”. In an address to his supporters massed outside his Johar Town residence, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader thanked the Lahore High Court for refusing to buy the government’s arguments that his release would pose a threat to public safety. His release, he said, was a victory for Pakistan. “Just as I am free today, Kashmir will also be free one day,” Saeed said. “It is because of Kashmir that India has been after me. “I pray to Allah to give us strength so that we keep fighting for Kashmir’s independence (from India),” he told his supporters who had begun gathering outside his house even before the midnight hour. Saeed, who carries a $10 million bounty announced by the US for his role in terrorist activities, was released just after Thursday midnight, after a Lahore High Court review board turned down the government’s arguments that he was a threat to public safety. The US on Friday said it was “deeply concerned” over the release of Hafiz Saeed and asked Pakistan to “arrest and charge” him for his terrorist crimes. “The US is deeply concerned that Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. “The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes.” A court on Wednesday ruled out prolonging Saeed’s house arrest due to a lack of evidence or justification for it. Saeed was placed under house arrest on January 30 this year and a court regularly renewed his detention. As his detention order expired on Thursday midnight, authorities withdrew jail staff from his residence. “Now he is free and can go anywhere,” JuD spokesperson Ahmed Nadeem told Efe news. Police left Saeed’s house at midnight, he said. The US and the UN classify JuD as a terrorist group and it is alleged to be a front organization for the terror outfit LeT, whose attack on Mumbai led to the death of 166 Indians and foreigners and almost brought India and Pakistan to war. Interpol has also issued a red notice for his arrest. New Delhi also accuses the LeT of carrying out terror attacks in other parts of India, including Jammu and Kashmir, where a separatist campaign backed by Pakistan and raging since 1989 has left thousands dead. Saeed was put under house arrest after the Mumbai attack but was released about six months later. India had earlier denounced the Pakistani court’s decision to free Saeed, saying it “confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of the Pakistani government in bringing to justice the perpetrators of heinous acts of terrorism”. Although seen as a terrorist, Saeed’s group is popular for its charitable work in Pakistan.

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