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Hafiz Saeed offers US storm aid

Published Oct 30, 2012 02:20pm


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Jamat-ud-Dawa founder Hafiz Saeed- File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The founder of a Pakistan-based group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, who is under a $10 million US bounty, Tuesday offered humanitarian aid to the United States as it battles superstorm Sandy.

Sandy hammered the eastern United States early Tuesday, flooding much of New York City, hitting several states with heavy winds and torrential rain and leaving at least 14 people dead.

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit and now head of the charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), said his organisation was ready to offer every possible help to the storm-hit American people.

“Jamaat-ud-Dawa is ready to send its volunteers, doctors, food, medicines and other relief items on humanitarian grounds if the US government allows us,”Saeed said in a statement.

“America may have any opinion about us, it may fix bounties on our heads but as followers of the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, we feel it is our Islamic duty to help Americans trapped in a catastrophe.”Saeed's statement said the charity had carried out relief work in Indonesia and Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.

JuD is seen as a front for LeT, which Washington and Delhi blame for the commando-style attacks on India's financial capital in 2008 that killed 166 people.

In April the United States offered $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Saeed, who lives openly in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore.

Saeed's charity has long denied terror accusations and is known around Pakistan for its relief work in the wake of the devastating Kashmir earthquake of 2005 and the floods of 2010, which were the worst in the country's history.

He was put under house arrest a month after the Mumbai attacks, but was released in 2009 and in 2010 as Pakistan's highest court upheld his release on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to detain him.

Last month Saeed led a number of protests in Lahore against a US-made anti-Islam film.


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Naveed Oct 30, 2012 04:54pm
Hafiz Saeed Sahib, Did you ever offer humanitarian aid to your own people?? I thin never!! , you teach them miltantancy and in tolrance, you teach them jihad Say kalima or ready to Die,,,,, this is not Islam which you teach them.... Shame on you..
Ahmer Oct 30, 2012 09:13pm
Saeed Sahib, your offer of help This will not impress USA of your goodwill and love of the American people. Try something else.
Puneet Oct 30, 2012 03:51pm
It's islamic duty to protect Americans now?? What a pathetic explanation ? That sounds more like Gandhigiri. but it's "islamic" duty to launch attacks against india. lol..
siva Oct 30, 2012 03:50pm
wolf in sheep's clothing.
Sonia Oct 30, 2012 08:04pm
Making fun of USA for sure.!
S. A. M. Oct 31, 2012 01:56pm
Hi Mr. Saeed, The US would be very delighted to hear the offer from a person who has been actively involved in the killing of their own counrtymen. Please note that this new role does not suit you at all. You just continue with what you are good at i.e. be on the path to destroy whatever that may come in your way (right, left & centre).
Dawn user Oct 31, 2012 01:38pm
Bravo!! America wont lift bounty from you Mr Saeed so please do something for your own people who are suffering natural disasters and government tortures.
ssshah Nov 01, 2012 11:40am
I know a lot of high educated good people who were students of Hafiz Saeed. Naveed, your question is "even aid to your own people?" I think JuD his always on top whenever any natural disaster take place in Pakistan. Naveed, I think your information is not correct.
F Hyat Nov 01, 2012 01:59am
He has no feelings for the people of Pakistan who have been 'trapped in a catastrophe' of poverty and now extremism, yet he feels for people in the western world whose governments are perfectly capable of looking after them. Perhaps he is an American agent.
usa Oct 30, 2012 02:36pm
laughable offer...
Bismillah Khan Oct 30, 2012 03:59pm
How about sending your volenteers to feed millions of hungry people in Pakistan?
Sahab Oct 30, 2012 03:53pm
Maulana Saeed should know that the storm was not that bad where people are trapped under rubble etc....There are live videos from NYC downtown showing people walking around like its just another day....
Roney Indian Oct 30, 2012 03:56pm
Good Joke, the most wanted man for US wants to help a mighty nation...cant stop laughing..
RAHUL DB Oct 30, 2012 03:15pm
I wonder why he does not feel the same sense of sympathy for those who suffer from catastrophies he orchestrates.
karim Oct 30, 2012 03:13pm
There are no flood victims in Pakistan ?
muthu Oct 30, 2012 06:08pm
Please provide protection to the girls in north waziristan who are being shot by your friends for going to school. I am sure the americans can take care of themselves. And stop sending poor boys to their death if you can.
Mohammed Ali Oct 30, 2012 05:30pm
Charity starts at home
Azi Oct 30, 2012 08:39pm
If he is living so openly why cant the US arrest him....then why the bounty.....????? weired
Raja Oct 30, 2012 07:08pm
Now this is really funny. USA will love this one :)
akk Oct 30, 2012 05:58pm
hahaha, Do you really think they need your help? You haven't seen world outside Pakistan and you think whole world is like Pakistan.
Jay Oct 30, 2012 05:27pm
Yes mr saeed please visit your nearest us consulate to receive your visa. DHS is eagerly waiting for your arrival. Welcome Oct 30, 2012 05:43pm
is this a joke ?
Immu Oct 30, 2012 04:19pm
Good Joke..Dawn
ssshah Nov 01, 2012 11:43am
There are, if you visit each place you will find only JuD volunteers
Rev. Eldrick Lal Oct 30, 2012 04:11pm
This is a good spirit but what is the intention behind his motives?
Human Nov 01, 2012 10:25am
The way you guys talking, may i request and know, what role have played by the commenters for the poor and needy people of their own countries, particularly, i mention those who talk against Hafiz Saeed. If Hafiz Saeed instead of the said offer, make a worse offer for the people of USA. Then, polytheist people will use more offensive words...keep cool and think positive!!!!
Ash Mirza (USA) Oct 31, 2012 05:50am
WOW.....Founder of Jamat-Ud-Dawa Mullah Hafiz Saeed, offering Humanitarian aid to Superstorm "Sandy" victims in America......he is offering Volenteers, Doctors, Food, Medicines, and other relief items on humanitarian grounds if USA allow.. very nice of you Mullah Hafiz Saeed.... But one thing came in my mind and I would like to ask you, If you dont mind. I saw a picture of a poor girl in todays DAWN ENGLISH news paper, and there are so many poor families dont even have place to live, no food to eat, they dont even have clean cloths to wear, and ofcourse dont even go to school.... In my openion I think every one appreciate you very much, If you put your volenteers and Doctors to help poor provide them food, medicines, clothing ,open free schools for the kids and other relief items, I am sure Allah will love that too....and it will incourage other mullahs to do the same .. Mullah Hafiz saeed, i am waiting to see your next article that you setup an organization to "HELP POOR PAKISTANI" .........Inshallah........ Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA)
Ali Oct 31, 2012 06:54pm
He would be more interested in sending volunteers there. & all know who they would be, from where in our country they would go & what they would actually do once they reach there! Oct 31, 2012 08:26am
First of all America played a joke by raising a bounty on him when everyone knows where is he. Now it is his turn.
Siddique Malik Oct 30, 2012 09:51pm
Naun so choohay kha kay bili haj ko chaley Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
waqas Oct 30, 2012 03:47pm
I guess this is a very good gesture from "Acclaimes terrorist".
Fahd Oct 31, 2012 04:57am
How biased subjective news report...! Out of all it could be reported in the respective as was said by the man..
MJD Oct 30, 2012 08:19pm
Will you be bringing back American equipment and sacks of grain? And thank you for offering to send your doctors but I don't believe that is necessary since many of them are here already having emigrated to the USA when you began your activities.
zain Oct 30, 2012 08:44pm
Thank you Hafiz Saeed from the people of the United States for your generous offer of help in this disaster. However there is no need to trouble yourself by sending volunteers to help out. Just send us the money & we will take care of the relief efforts ourselves.
sparky singh Oct 30, 2012 08:49pm
Mix religion with community service and and claim devine support, soon people are unable to separate where the good work ends and where the toxic brainbending begins.
Being Human Oct 31, 2012 09:14am
Nice idea to get a US Visa for their volunteers who otherwise cannot even dream of visiting America.
muzammil ullah khan Oct 30, 2012 05:45pm
very intereresting !! i would request the gentleman that the funds he has reserved for helping USA may be diverted to the people in our own flood hit area !!
Imran A. Oct 30, 2012 06:30pm
Charity begins at home... the reason why US provides aid to other countries is because they have first taken care of her citizen's needs. You on the other are a burden to our society. We are fearful of your cowardly bomb attack on us. If our daughters or sisters want to get an education, you kill them in cold blood. In your twisted logic, you think anyone would want your blood money. When you speak, it is enough proof that Allah has misguided you in all your affairs.
Krish Oct 30, 2012 07:54pm
ROLF.... Wht a joke...
Rahul Oct 30, 2012 06:17pm
lol....stop killing people that would be the biggest help you can do to yourself before the bounty is won
AHA Oct 31, 2012 10:53am
Hafiz Saeed and humanitarianism is like oil and water. He should just stick to blowing up innocent people in the name of
Roney Indian Oct 31, 2012 03:52pm
A beggar offering a rich man who has been offering him arms for years...good joke..
raja hindustani Oct 31, 2012 02:00pm
what a saint he is.... ;)
Anony Oct 30, 2012 07:41pm
Nice gesture.
Rattan(Sydney) Oct 30, 2012 03:00pm
Is this news supposed to be funny?
Raj Oct 31, 2012 12:07am
How silly one can be? Amazing
lola Oct 31, 2012 12:09am
Hahaha What a joke! Why don't you help to educate a few girls in your own country first? And help to feed a few of your starving countrymen... After that your men can start building power stations to pull your nation out of darkness. Why the fixation with helping the richest nation on Earth (which also happens to be 10000 km away) whose people hate you so much that they would like to see you dead? Does Islam prohibit you from aiding your own people?
S. A. M. Oct 31, 2012 01:58pm
They have the guts to offer humanitarian aid!!!
Zahid Oct 30, 2012 02:45pm
I don't like this man or his group. But he has done the right thing. He must be appreciated and encouraged as.this is the only way forward.
Faraz Oct 31, 2012 09:55am
Or does it prohibit you from doing all this.. lola bhai??
Urfi Oct 30, 2012 04:51pm
There are several victims of terrorism in need of help right here in Pakistan. Why don't you start with helping them on "humanitarian" grounds? And stop LeT from committing terrorist acts in our country and everywhere else in the world on "humanitarian grounds."
raja hindustani Oct 31, 2012 02:01pm
I have heard talibans also made similar offer..?? ;)
Sceptic Oct 30, 2012 08:34pm
I think that the US will graciously accept, provided the relief goods are carried personally by Hafiz Saeed.
Syed Ahmed Oct 31, 2012 02:17pm
US should divert $10 million bounty on the head of Hafiz Saeed for helping the storm-hit American people.
Hafiz saeed Oct 30, 2012 04:20pm
What a joke
siddiq karim Oct 30, 2012 02:54pm
why is this guy not in prison. he is a shame for Islam.
ragzzz Oct 30, 2012 02:54pm
ROFL!!! :D
Surinder Jeet Oct 30, 2012 02:54pm
There is a famous saying that charity begins at home. Does anyone in Pakistan need help? Mr Saeed's charity still has money?
S. A. M. Oct 31, 2012 03:00pm
The suggestion could'nt have been worded better than how you have said Mirza Sahab.
BRR Oct 30, 2012 03:28pm
What a joke! Rather What a joker!
kanwal Oct 30, 2012 03:02pm
Have they helped all flood victims and poors of this country that they wanna send extra to US? what a joke ...
pepguru Oct 31, 2012 06:37am
Lots of people believe this is just a publicity stunt by Hafeez , as he knows very well that the US will not take up the offer and people will say 'wah, wah". The US should swallow its ego and say 'thank you and please send the relief material etc'. The truth will be out then. If Hafeez is bluffing and cannot send the required resources , he will be exposed . If he does send relief in actual terms , this will help in Pak-US relations
Procastinator Oct 30, 2012 04:37pm
Mr. Saeed, no point in going there for relief work as there aren't many Muslims in New York and JUD wont do any charity for non-muslims, right. Many a times in past floods we heard news of Jamat-ud-dawa denying relief materials to non-muslims claiming the relief material is bought by money collected from Zakat and should go back to muslims only. Do what you are best at. This double play wont take you anywhere.
Ragu Oct 30, 2012 06:00pm
Thanks a lot, Mr. Sarees, this is a great gesture. Also if you can resist the urge to send killers to neighboring countries, would be a great act of charity.
Karim Azizi Oct 30, 2012 05:21pm
Haha they are better off without his 'help'