“India creating false propaganda about us to enlist U.S. cooperation”
Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed — the man India wants for the November 26, 2008 terror attacks — on Monday scoffed at the idea that the United States and India could come together and stop the funding of groups like his.
Maintaining that JuD was recognised in the world for its relief and rescue work during natural disasters, Saeed said India was creating false propaganda about him to secure U.S. support to stop the party’s funding and the U.S. was being fooled into believing it, he said.
As if to buttress his point, he conducted his media conference amid sacks of food, plastic water cans, Star Wars games and clothes intended as Id gifts for the people of Awaran and other areas affected by the earthquake in Balochistan. He blamed India for the unrest in the region Balochistan and said there were absolutely no problems there otherwise. While he conceded that there were two or three incidents which the media played up to create an atmosphere of fear, things, he said, had quietened down and it was very peaceful there. He feared that attempts would be made to stop his organisation’s quake relief efforts in the region.
He said his organisation did not take money from the Pakistan government. “Our entire funding is from the people and they trust us — they believe in our work — our organisation is registered with the government and the accounts are audited regularly,” he said. After the Mumbai attacks, there were U.S. sanctions on his organisation and its bank accounts were frozen. “We challenged it in courts and even in the high court I got relief. India had also presented some proof but the high court cleared me and the JuD in that case. Later, it also came up before a full Bench of the Supreme Court, which also cleared me,” he said.
Saeed said that he had raised the issue of Kashmir at a rally in September. India was upset because “we are raising a strong voice for Kashmir… When Nawaz Sharif took the name of Kashmir in his U.N. General Assembly speech, Manmohan Singh’s face fell and he immediately repeated that Kashmir was an ‘atoot ang’ [integral part] of India and tried to fan the flames even there.”
‘Our funding is accounted for and from the people, not Pakistan government’ Saeed addressed media amid stocks of relief material for Balochistan quake-affected
‘Our funding is accounted for and from the people, not Pakistan government’
Saeed addressed media amid stocks of relief material for Balochistan quake-affected