JuD chief slams US terror label, calls for protests

Saeed asked the Nawaz Sharif-led government to defend its citizens instead of 'pleasing the US'.

By: Press Trust of India | Lahore | Updated: June 27, 2014 8:36 am
Hafiz Saeed (Source: Reuters) Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. (Source: Reuters)

Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has called for a countrywide protest Friday against the US for declaring two LeT leaders as “global terrorists”.

“The US government has declared Nazir Ahmed Chaudhry and Muhammad Hussein Gill at the behest of India. We strongly condemn the decision as both elderly men are the members of JuD and not the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT),” Saeed told a news conference Thursday at the JuD headquarters here.

The US State Department Wednesday amended LeT’s designations to add the aliases: Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Al-Anfal Trust, Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool and Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Qibla Awwal.

Simultaneously, the Department of the Treasury targeted the financial and leadership networks of LeT by designating Chaudhry and Gill as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

Flanked by both Chaudhry and Gill, Saeed said the JuD would defend its two members in any court of law provided the US brought forth evidence against them.

“We will hold demonstrations across the country after Friday prayer tomorrow against the US’s unjust decision,” he said.

“The United States had put a $10 million on me. I challenged it to prove me a terrorist in any court of law. The Pakistani courts have already absolved me and my organisation of any charges,” he said.

Saeed said the United States has always tried to confuse JuD with the LeT.

Saeed asked the Nawaz Sharif-led government to defend its citizens instead of “pleasing the US”.

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    PChrome
    Jun 27, 2014 at 10:37 am
    US does whatever is in its interest. Why do you expect the US to take care of India's interest? India must do what is best in its interest.
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    Borhan ahmed
    Jun 27, 2014 at 3:13 am
    It is high time for USA to stop the game of double standard as far as terrorism is concerned.If the US accepts that Lashkar is a global terrorist organization,then they should extend meaningful help to eliminate or bring Hafeez Saeed and others who have been involved in terrorist attacks across India including Mumbai attack to justice.We expect Modi govt. to take tough actions against these murderers.stan would be well advised to stop day dreaming about Kashmir and concentrate on social and economic development.
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    guptadkj
    Jun 27, 2014 at 5:46 am
    It is much cheaper to bribe the stani army or some other chaps to do it for us.
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    guptadkj
    Jun 27, 2014 at 5:46 am
    There is a lesson for us here.If US can always put its own interests first so can we.
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    guptadkj
    Jun 27, 2014 at 5:36 am
    Well stan is exposed before the world community as a state sponsor of terror.The fig leaf has dropped.
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    Deep
    Jun 27, 2014 at 1:22 am
    If this individual claims he is not a terrorist, let him prove his innocence in an international or American court.
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    PMMKRISHNA
    Jun 27, 2014 at 6:07 am
    USA KNOWS HOW TO SILENCE WITH A BULLET OR TWO BUT PLAYS DRAMAS. WHEN THEY CAN CATCH OSAMA THIS CHAP IS EASY BECAUSE HE HAS A PENCHANT FOR PUBLICITY AND TV SHOWS. CATCH HIM AND PACK HIM TO YOUR COUNTRY MR OBAMA. DONT PLAY PLEASE ACT AND SHUT THESE FOUL MOUTHS
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    Raj Patil
    Jun 27, 2014 at 12:23 am
    So what will happen now. Real problem is US always sees own interests before declaring anyone terrorist. Why took them soooo long to declare him terrorist when they know he was involved in 26/11 in which few Americans also died. Hadley was involved in those attacks who was from some US agency creates many doubts.
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