Lahore: A day after being put on house arrest in Pakistan, Jamat ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed on Tuesday said his detention would give a “fresh impetus" to Kashmiris’ “struggle against India".
Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was placed under a 90-day house arrest which the Pakistan government on Tuesday indicated could be extended.
“My detention order has come from Washington and not Islamabad. If someone thinks that placing me under house arrest will help check freedom movement in Kashmir he is living in a fool’s paradise. My arrest will give a fresh impetus to the Kashmiris’ struggle against India," said Saeed at a press conference before he left for his home along with dozens of his supporters amid high police security.
Saeed further said if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thinks that he would get respite in Kashmir after his arrest he is seriously mistaken. “We have declared 2017 a year of solidarity for Kashmiris," he said adding that all programmes planned for 5 February will be held across Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. He vowed to challenge his house arrest in the Lahore high court.
Saeed was detained on at JuD’s Lahore headquarters at Masjid Al-Qudsia Chauburji and was later shifted to his Jauhar Town residence which has been declared as a sub-jail by authorities in Punjab province.
“The government has detained Saeed and four other JuD and Falaha-i-Insanyat (FIF) leaders for 90 days with effect from 30 January but this detention may further be extended on completion of this period if required," an interior ministry official said.
The Pakistan government may take some further steps against the JuD and its sister organizations in the coming days, the official said, adding that the names of several activists of JuD and FIF, a charity run by Saeed, have been placed on Exit Control List (ECL) to stop them from leaving the country.
The Jamat Ud Dawah is the political front of terrorist outfit Lashkar e Taiba (LeT).