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Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. — File photo
Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. — File photo

LAHORE: Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed called on Wednesday for setting up an independent judicial commission to investigate if he was a terrorist or not. “You (India) are continuously calling me a terrorist. But I am not a terrorist, and if you are not satisfied, an independent judicial commission comprising senior lawyers and judges from India and Pakistan should investigate whether I am guilty. Whatever verdict the commission announces I will accept that,” he said while addressing the “Takmeel-i-Pakistan Caravan” held here on The Mall to mark the Independence Day.

The rally reflected the anger of the JuD leaders and workers over continuous shelling and firing by India in Pakistan’s territory at various sectors of the Line of Control (LoC).

“The on-going firing and shelling into Pakistani areas by Indian troops are a matter of grave concern for us. Such Indian behaviour is not only irritating but also forcing us to respond in the same way,” Mohammad Saif, a JuD worker, told Dawn.

The participants of the rally raised slogans against India when speakers, including Hafiz Saeed, rejected India’s demand to Pakistan for handing over Mr Saeed to it.

The Jud chief became harsh while rejecting the India’s demand. “You (India) look to be very eager to get me. Don’t worry I myself will visit India. And if I visited there you (the Indian government) will not stay there,” he warned.

He said since everyone in India was calling him a terrorist they should see JuD’s relief work for flood-hit people.

“Hafiz Saeed doesn’t threaten you but he is only exposing you before the world. You are the country that ruined us through releasing floodwater into Pakistan every year. You are generating electricity by using our water unlawfully. You are the people who are behind bomb blasts in Pakistan, mainly in Balochistan. You are killing innocent Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir,” he deplored.

Mr Saeed called the LoC firing an Indian trick to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to hand him over to Delhi. He urged Mr Sharif not to make India a friend unless it confessed all its crimes.

“We are ready to make you friend, but prior to that you must avoid firing/shelling at the LoC, killing innocent freedom fighters in Kashmir, interfering in the affairs of Balochistan and releasing floodwater into Pakistani areas,” he said.

Comments (13) Closed

Nazia Aug 15, 2013 07:50am

The Indian's should have killed him when they had a chance. It would have served both India and Pakistan well. His poison is killing our youth and theirs.

Prakash Aug 15, 2013 08:10am

What a irony founder of terrorist group LeT, which led to Mumbai Massacre and similar terrorist activity in Afghanistan, a person sanctioned by UN,holding $10 Million prize on his head wants more proof for being called a terrorist.

Wellwisher Aug 15, 2013 08:39am

Evil, wearing the mask of an angel. People like him are harmful for the sub-continent.

Robin Aug 15, 2013 08:40am

hahahha This is hillarious!

JJ Aug 15, 2013 09:20am

Last time you visited you were in indian prison

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Aug 15, 2013 09:32am

India also challenge to Hafiz Mohammad Saeed to prove that He is not a Terrorist. US have $ 50,000 bounty on his head even someone said he is not "He" that people said to him.

Shafiq Aug 15, 2013 09:52am

Mr Saeed we dont care what India has to say about you. We in Pakistan know you are a terrorist and always support terrorists. Lashkar e Taiba and Jamaat ud Dawaa, 2 organizations you belong to, have actively been involved in murdering innocent Pakistanis.

ranganath Aug 15, 2013 10:16am

We will get you Hafiz saeed.

BISWAJIT ROY Aug 15, 2013 11:05am

This particular interview shows the inability of pakistani state courts and law to punish this hardened mass killer terrorist who is well recognised by the usa and other countries as a terrorist who masterminded the mumbia 26/11 that killed 166 innocent man woman and children.

indian Aug 15, 2013 11:07am

@ mr.hafiz saeed,count your days

Masoud Aug 15, 2013 12:53pm

Fair enough, India should file a case in any international court or as suggested by Hafiz Saeed with actual & not fabricated proof. Lets see if India is ready to take up the challenge, once and for all the matter will be settled, good for everyone. Go ahead India.

Sayeed Altaf Hussein Aug 15, 2013 02:11pm

Is this guy for real? He is dictating the government of Pakistan. Who the hell does he think he is, Some Mullah with beard. Elements such as him should be brought to justice, who hinders Pakistan's progress. Should provide proof to then government if he has any and let them deal with it. He is just a attention seeker and his followers blindly follow him. They are the liberate class and all the Indian and Pakistani pressure and political group take advantage of it to achieve their corrupt ambitions. Pakistan should hand him over to India for trial.

John Vicks Aug 15, 2013 08:41pm

For how long will this terrorist continue to roam free in Pakistan. Doesn't it bring a wrong name to the country ? If he cannot be arrested, at least the authorities can shut him down -- not a big ask. Even the western world is able to silence the radicals (remember the guy who wanted to burn the Quran but where is he now ?). Had he been in Pakistan (and burnt some other sacred book), he would have been a hero. That is the difference between the culture that has been established in Pakistan and the rest of the world. Just get rid of this annoying prick.