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Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed speaking at a press conference on Monday.—Online
Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed speaking at a press conference on Monday.—Online

KARACHI: The charity wing of the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, on Monday launched a free ambulance service in Karachi.

“This [welfare work] is our key area for which we are known across Pakistan,” JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed told reporters at the launching ceremony held at the Markaz-i-Taqwa in Gulshan-i-Iqbal. “After launching several such projects in rural and disaster-hit areas of the country, we now plan to expand to facilitate the maximum number of people.”

“We are neither a political party nor do we have an electoral agenda. So we are stick to our social welfare projects.”

In the first phase, the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation would operate a fleet of 15 ambulances in all city districts and the number of vehicles would be increased gradually, he added.

“We are operating an ambulance service in 118 cities across the country. From Tharparkar in Sindh to Turbat in Balochsitan and from Sadiqabad in Punjab to Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Paktunkhwa, you would find footprints of our welfare projects in every corner of the country,” he said.

In response to a question, he said his organisation did not face resistance in any welfare project from the administration and area people and it was widely regarded for its integrity and the benefits it brought to the poor.

“So we are not going to abandon these projects. A certain class and a certain group are targeting our organisation for a certain agenda.

We are not a political party so any propaganda to malign us would not prevent us from our actual job, which is not to win votes but to win the hearts of people through social services,” he added.

Published in Dawn, January 27th, 2015

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Fawad Jan 27, 2015 09:57am

Hafiz Saeed's free movement shows the double standards of our establishment against terrorism.

Canberra Jan 27, 2015 09:59am

This shows the Troublent life in Karachi that this service is started from Karachi, i think the next phase should be Peshawar..All the best JUD

Guru Jan 27, 2015 10:00am

The phrase "Beware of strangers bearing gifts" springs to mind when I see this man in his new avatar.

Benita Sacquella Louisville Jan 27, 2015 10:03am

Hafiz Saeed is trying to hide his terrorist activities behind his two penny social service. There are thousand of NGOs providing ambulance service with thousands of ambulances on the road. His crimes can never be forgotten. Punishment is knocking the door.

jakoji Jan 27, 2015 10:03am

Wrong number!!!

observer Jan 27, 2015 10:04am

If Hafiz Mohammad Saeed is social worker then I am President of United States.

vaqas Jan 27, 2015 10:07am

I thought all assets of Jud had been frozen by the government, then how are they able to invest in such activities? Will someone be responsible for this misinformation by the government? Will those responsible for letting a declared terrorist organization to work with impunity be subjected to rigorous criminal proceedings? Will the spokesperson who made these claims of freezing assets of Jud and haqqani network be sacked? Or will the government just turn a blind eye towards it all as it had been doing before the massacre of 150 innocent children in the Peshawar carnage?

Amin Jan 27, 2015 10:08am

Actions are louder than words. Their services speak for themselves as opposed to the propaganda by the enemies of Pakistan.

Sunil Jan 27, 2015 10:16am

Very clever tactics by JUD. An eye wash ambulance services, in the name of charity. Pakistan government froze accounts of JUD, yet they are able to buy transportation for ambulatory purpose.

Malik Saab Jan 27, 2015 10:18am

When the state lefts a vacuum then other opportunists jump in to fill in that void. Why JuD dont have an ambulance service in Punjab and KP and the reason is that Rescue 1122 is working there. If Sindh government would have an Ambulance service in Karachi there would no reason to start an ambulance service like that. I dont blame JuD but the government to make way for such groups to take over.

Gypsy Jan 27, 2015 10:59am

An Eyewash, smart move by JUD. Now all other banned organizations will follow the same to remain operational

Syed Kamal Jan 27, 2015 11:11am

Very nice of JuD to launch an ambulance service in Karachi. We already have several ambulance services (read victim transport) in Karachi. Wouldn't it be better if JuD offered mobile clinics, medical services for the poor or started a micro-finance program, or schools (not madrassa's) a training institution for young men and women. Along the lines of Korangi Trades and Technical Institute operated by the Memon community. Just a thought.

Reem Jan 27, 2015 11:22am

"A certain class and a certain group are targeting our organization for a certain agenda."

Which group\party?

Hope all are against those who harbor militancy.

emjay Jan 27, 2015 11:31am

"The people who get injured in bomb blasts due to our activities and ideology will be transported in these ambulances..."

arif Jan 27, 2015 11:31am

Disguise

Nitin Jan 27, 2015 11:32am

The guy says he is focused on social causes and helping the needy. Ok. Agreed. Next thing he says is he wants to bring justice to the people of kashmir. Very good. Accepted. Go ahead!! But there is a catch. Last thing he mentions is that he doesn't have a political agenda !!! Then mr. Hafeez, how exactly are you going to free kashmir from India by providing ambulance services?? I hope the people of pakistan realise the true face of this man.

lkhan Jan 27, 2015 11:35am

Hafeez Saeed, you are a wanted man for dastardly killings of innocent lives in Mumbai. As a Pakistani am ashamed that you roam around with impunity. The charity organisations should be run by people with clean records, not criminals like you. Simply said.

vayyaribaamma Jan 27, 2015 11:36am

Does this charity erase the killing if innocents in india? trying to cover up terrorist image? its like lion having a locket saying that its vegetarian!!!! what a joke..

Ali-Indian Jan 27, 2015 12:01pm

ambulance is absolute requirement For Pakistan when JUD turns back on its masters like Taliban and AL kaida

Fiyas Jan 27, 2015 12:03pm

My Pakistani brothers and sisters.. It's time you wake up and protest even shed your blood for the generations to come. This man is pure venom. Time to eradicate extremism and work for education and humanity

Adventurer Jan 27, 2015 12:09pm

Double standards - good way first they kill innocents then send in own ambulance.
Cheap tactics.

LiFafi Sahafi Jan 27, 2015 12:09pm

JuD - Banned only on paper, clearly. Point is, why ban JuD at all if you won't ban them comprehensively? Why create this illusion of a ban that does nothing more than further damage our credibility on the world stage?

Makes no sense!!

Vectra Jan 27, 2015 12:09pm

An imposter in disguise btw nothing is free in this world

Husain Jan Jan 27, 2015 12:13pm

Not only the man has not been arrested despite leading a banned outfit ..but he is allowed to freely hold press conferences too. What does a ban mean ?

KafirMusafir Jan 27, 2015 12:23pm

Hafeez Saeed is a crook who wants to be a saint. But the crook in him is much more powerful than the saint.

Khan Jan 27, 2015 12:24pm

JUD is full service. We will bomb and kill you first then are petty ambulances will carry your bodies'

nalaaik Jan 27, 2015 12:27pm

@Guru Come on man, show some trust, after all he is doing charity work. I know his organization will use these ambulances to transport wanted terrorists but still on the off-hours, it might save some innocents life as well. Who know terrorists and their victims might get a chance to enjoy the ride in the same vehicle within same time frame :)

i2t Jan 27, 2015 12:47pm

That's called end to end support. From terrorism to rescue

rahul1 Jan 27, 2015 12:56pm

Mr. Saeed - Outside Pakistan you are known for spitting venom against India and radicalizing un employed youth to jihadis!!! ref:This [welfare work] is our key area for which we are known across Pakistan,” JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed told reporters at the launching ceremony held at the Markaz-i-Taqwa in Gulshan-i-Iqbal

guddu Jan 27, 2015 12:57pm

What is fate of Pakistan international terrorist is providing ambulance service , army general in place of pm ( he is busy in his sugger mill factory making billons ) doing high profile visit , no electricity , USA is saying it had not made any commitment of 1 billion aid .... How you will leads 54 Islamic countries ....

Asif Kamil Jan 27, 2015 12:57pm

He should not be allowed to carry out any business . Our Governament is what blind or brainless !! I can't believe this going to happen in Karachi . Please wakeup PM .

Karan Jan 27, 2015 12:58pm

Now that's good. Let him operate under the name of charity and parallely coordinate anti-india activities. Wake up Pakistan!!! He isn't a threat just for India

Zahid Jan 27, 2015 12:59pm

What a mockery of situation! They are fighting the extremist!!! Whom are they making befool?

kayenn Jan 27, 2015 01:00pm

I had a serious laugh after reading the report.NOW Ambulances will be used to transport hate material / arms / planning the operations like Mumbai etc. Pakistan has stop differentiating between good and bad terrorists. The actions of the government doesn't confirm what it says. So the status quo will stay and Pakistan cant be taken seriously by international community for its words !!!

KafirMusafir Jan 27, 2015 01:03pm

Hafiz Saeed is like a snake from the head and a trying to be like a mermaid fish from the tail... evil and good rolled in to one. Only Pakistan cannot recognize it and cant even do anything to him or his outfits, terror campaigns like Mumbai, or implement the ban on him. Pakistan thinks that they can fool US, UN, India, UK with paper ban of JuD and Haqquani network and then they wonder why no country on earth believes Pakistan or trusts them.

Sunil Jan 27, 2015 01:16pm

JUD is banned, but still manage to buy Ambulances.

goa Jan 27, 2015 01:59pm

hez doing dram and trying to divert ppl attention. to donate ambulance is govt works not jud's. and the main question is.. from where does he get so much money to do this? show your income sources.

khanm Jan 27, 2015 02:00pm

@Benita Sacquella Louisville.... with all that history of his criminal activities wonder why he never been jailed... It is justice, not charity, that is the most wanting in Pakistan

puneet Jan 27, 2015 02:03pm

@Amin he killed ppl in Mumbai, if u dont understand this.. well he did something in Mumbai similar to what happened in your Peshawar

Rao Jan 27, 2015 02:04pm

Looks like there is a sudden demand for more ambulances......May be used to ferry explosives / suicide bombers....Easy to escape after the blast...No one will stop an ambulance.

jj Jan 27, 2015 02:07pm

With blood and terrorism money in it. See the guy sitting beside him with a sly smile on his face.

ali Jan 27, 2015 02:14pm

What a tragedy that in modern era civilized people from north pole to south pole have become Judge them-self.In of case of H Saeed he is a humanity worker in many eye's along with terrorist in other eye's.In matter of fact Power full nations are righting history and also try to right future. We try not to judge people by there action but the story behind there action.

Sonny Afridi Jan 27, 2015 02:19pm

@puneet you have zero proof to back your dubious claims.

Sonny Afridi Jan 27, 2015 02:21pm

@Karan he's a threat to india because he speaks the truth about Kashmir and rallies on Kashmiris to reject indias inhumane and artificial grip over indian occupied Kashmir

sherryaar Jan 27, 2015 02:31pm

well all of those who are opposing him should know the facts first ... just commenting on issues w/out knowing the facts is a sign of idiot.. as per indian request to detain him i have one ques for them.. did u guys ever detained any shiv sina people who are real terroriost working openly in india.. and a country who has a PM involved in killing of muslims does not have the right to dictate pakistan... just get ur house in order and stop behaving like a child..

Kz Jan 27, 2015 02:34pm

FiT is the new acronym replacing JuD.

Rakesh Kumar Jan 27, 2015 02:39pm

Really? Really!

Rakesh Kumar Jan 27, 2015 02:41pm

And he shoots Polio workers! Go figure.

Ample reverence for Saudis Jan 27, 2015 02:54pm

Good job Sir and never take care of Governmental pressure who is terribly habitual of capitulate to so called foreign pressure. Hats off for doing Government's fundamental duty!

Jan 27, 2015 03:00pm

Looks like its so easy to fool Pakistan and its government.

Ali Jan 27, 2015 03:01pm

Its unbelievable how our cops and intelligence can't put him down for even one of the charges that every single one of us knows.

Maybe they will use this ambulance service for their own hideous works too.

Atul Jan 27, 2015 03:05pm

Reminded me a comedy scene from "Shahenshah" movie acted by Amitabh Bacchan. The scene depicts a local don having a business of liquor/bar and Casino turns to a humble milkman after an overnight fight with Shahenshah! It's really very funny scene and I somehow could relate it to what JUD is doing now. From sponsoring terrorism to Ambulance service in Karachi!! LOL what a transformation!! Just pun intended and for the people without vitamin "H" deficiency. Let us wait and see how Pakistan government controls the terrorism of all forms.

lafanga Jan 27, 2015 03:39pm

Here in lies the dilemma for all those who want to put Hafiz Saeed behind bars. JuD does lot of charity work in Pakistan. There is no denying this fact. They have a huge following among poor who follow it NOT because what Hafiz Saeed says about India BUT because of their charity work. Putting him behind bars under pressure from India or US based purely on hearsay evidence in the court will bring riots everywhere in Pakistan.

What Pak govt needs to do is publicly announce that no individual or group will be allowed to attack or encourage attack on another country from within Pakistan. Then send a message to all groups including JuD that you can hold rallies, do charity work etc etc as long as you stay inside Pakistan. Let the govt do the talking on Kashmir or any other issue. This should not only be best in the long term interest of Pakistan but also for others as well.

Jahangir Jan 27, 2015 03:40pm

@Sonny Afridi that's why he is banned in Pakistan ... hahahahahaha

Jan 27, 2015 03:41pm

Soon he will get Noble Prize. Haha

INDRA Jan 27, 2015 03:43pm

Saeed is international terrorist But freely moving in Pak . His JUD was banned accounts freed but his organisation plans to donate ambulances across pak . How is this ? This kind of miracles happen only in Pak .

Javed USA Jan 27, 2015 03:52pm

Weren't these guys banned recently?

desi Jan 27, 2015 03:58pm

So charity as coverup we can do anything I'm Pakistan. What a sham.

Binti Raha Florida Jan 27, 2015 03:58pm

This terrorist must be hanged for his crimes. Social service by a terrorist must be unacceptable to moderate and progressive Pakistani society. I feed shame to recognize him as a Muslim and a Pakistani. A follower of the Allah can never be a terrorist so please don't treat him as Muslim. He has destroyed the name of Pakistan and millions of good innocent Pakistanis. He has destroyed the relation between Pakistan and rest of the world. The Pakistanis must not suffer just because of this terrorist.

Salma Jan 27, 2015 04:05pm

He knows exactly where the ambulances are required and when even before a disaster strikes! Best of both the worlds to dupe the unsuspecting public. He is a national shame.

Zubair Jan 27, 2015 04:06pm

No, because the organisation is using the money collected in the name of charity will be used in terrorism. Due to this very organisation the relations between India and Pakistan has come to a low ebb.

hp Jan 27, 2015 04:12pm

I hold the government accountable for this madness. General Shari should intervene...

sunny Jan 27, 2015 04:17pm

Sorry Guys....just have a query ....Why don't JUD starts Polio Vaccination service...

sunny Jan 27, 2015 04:18pm

@i2t Hahaha.....very very well said...

Mag Jan 27, 2015 04:28pm

"Wolf in sheep's clothing " is what springs to mind.After killing so many innocent people, he wants to start Ambulance service !!!

B.K.Mathur Jan 27, 2015 04:35pm

It is important to understand who is behind this man - Pakistani army, government and any other state authorities ?Now these authorities are helping him to change the face to Social worker from international terrorist. All pronouncements not to differentiate between good and bad terrorist are eyewash.

Asif Jan 27, 2015 04:43pm

@Amin -Wolf in sheeps clothing.

karachi Wally Jan 27, 2015 04:49pm

First please let him get his name cleared from Taj killings of innocent people in Mumbai. Once that is done you may start your ambulance service.

Gaurav Arya Jan 27, 2015 04:59pm

Launching bus service in Karachi and launching terrorists in Kashmir. This is called multi-tasking. Well done, Sir. Bravo.

Sheraz Jan 27, 2015 05:00pm

If Indian government gave solid evidence against Hafiz Saeed than government of Pakistan and Court should act on them... Doesn't matter if he is doing terrorism in India or Bangladesh. Terrorism is unacceptable whether done by Pakistani or India or British.

Give me a break Jan 27, 2015 05:00pm

Where does he get the funds to provide free social services to thousands ??????????? He should be sitting in some jail and awaiting his day in a military court.

Gaja Jan 27, 2015 05:02pm

I wish his ambulances were running in Peshawar. Most of them would have been in time due to prior knowledge! I feel sad for Pakistan

Riaz Jan 27, 2015 05:07pm

@Fawad

Do you have any evidence against him? If so please provide to the court, else don't make false allegations to please our enemies, please. He is doing excellent welfare work in the country.

Musarrat Javed Jan 27, 2015 05:21pm

So now 1st they will kill and then carry them to hospital. What a joke. We are just playing with our self. It means we are not serious in our efforts so more incidents like we have in Peshawar are expected.

ahmed Jan 27, 2015 06:00pm

@Gaurav Arya you are hilarious.

MAD Jan 27, 2015 06:01pm

I appreciate the work FIF does. More effective than those drawing room human rights activists we see on TV every day. This group has never been accused of any crime in Pakistan.

Iqbal Jan 27, 2015 06:02pm

How about starting it in North Waziristan?

NORI Jan 27, 2015 06:19pm

@Riaz India presented evidence to UN, which was satisfied and declared Hafiz Saeed as terrorist. Same evidence couldn't get anything from Pakistan. UN resolutions should be followed not just on Kashmir, but also on terrorism.

Ganga Din Jan 27, 2015 06:27pm

Ambulance service to do what? Transport cash?

Ample reverence for Saudis Jan 27, 2015 06:45pm

@Asif O come on grow up! Any proof or merely stating like unlettered people without any concrete evidence!

Ample reverence for Saudis Jan 27, 2015 06:49pm

@puneet What a foolish comment like unlettered figure without having any concrete evidence. WOW Pakistanis are indulged in terrorist activities not only in Pakistan but in neighboring countries too? Sounds logical!

Anish Jan 27, 2015 06:49pm

This is one the reason why india Dont trust Pakistan .