Jamat ud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed on Monday made a rare public appearance to lead the funeral prayers for Kashmiri leader Maulvi Showkat Ahmed Shah, killed in Srinagar last week, and used the occasion to rubbish the India-Pakistan cricket diplomacy while vowing for a “jihad” in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a provocative speech, Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, claimed the movement in Kashmir would serve as an example for “Muslims in Hyderabad and Junagarh who want independence from the oppression of Hindus”. New Delhi has been pressing for action against Saeed who continues to roam freely in Pakistan making anti-India tirades.
In Islamabad, this has been the second time since the 26/11 attacks that Saeed has made a public appearance. “The stand taken by the Pakistan government for friendship with India is not acceptable to the Pakistani people under any circumstances,” said Saeed, who led the ‘ghayebana namaz-e-janaza’ for moderate Kashmiri leader Maulvi Showkat Shah, who was killed in an explosion in Srinagar on April 8. Rediff News