Rana Muhammad Afzal, a lawmaker of Pakistan’s ruling PML-N, is said to have questioned why the government has not taken action against Hafiz Saeed, chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), a report in BBC Urdu said.
“Which eggs is Hafiz Saeed laying for us that we are nurturing him?,” Afzal is reported to have said during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Relations.
“India has built such a case against us about the JuD chief that during the meeting on Kashmir, foreign delegates mention him [Hafiz Saeed] as the bone of contention between Pakistan and India,” he was quoted saying on Dawn.com.
India has long maintained that Pakistan provides free reins to Saeed who goes about spewing venom at public rallies against India and finances terror attacks against the country. Saeed has known links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba and has been involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
A day after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes, Saeed threatened at a gathering that Pakistan would ‘show India what surgical strikes are.”
In the standing committee meeting, Afzal is reported to have said that foreign delegates routinely brought the name of Hafiz Saeed during a trip to France. The Dawn newspaper earlier this week had reported that the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan had instructed the military to take strong action against militant groups.
Afzal told Dawn that Saeed gives ‘India an opportunity to blackmail Pakistan internationally.”