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India using 9/11 as excuse for stirring up trouble in Balochistan

Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed on Sunday said the only issue he had with New Delhi was related to Kashmir and reiterated that terrorism was “un-Islamic”. In an exclusive interview to Geo News , a Karachi-based news channel, he charged India with using 9/11 as a pretext to enter Afghanistan and use its territory to stir trouble in Balochistan.

Mr. Saeed said he favoured the resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue, but that New Delhi had time and again displayed its unwillingess to resolve the matter under any circumstances.

“Our issue with India is specific to Kashmir and the way it has treated the Kashmiri people. From the Kashmir issue stems the water problems facing Pakistan and the construction of dams by India on rivers running into Pakistan. And, we speak openly against it,” the JuD chief said. He said the world recognised Kashmir to be a flashpoint.

‘Unfair'

In the midst of appealing to the United Nations yet again against sanctions on his organisation, Mr. Saeed said it was unfair to impose sanctions on it without giving it a chance to defend itself. “This is against the basic tenets of justice,” he said, pointing out that the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan had cleared his name after he was arrested on the basis of dossiers presented by India.

Maintaining that there could be no justification for terrorism — be it against India, the U.S. or any other country — he was also critical of those forces which were trying to divide Muslims by describing one group or the other as apostates. He also denied the charge that the JuD had links with Al Qaeda and said the only reason he had offered funeral prayers for Osama bin Laden after his killing was because of his burial at sea.

Propaganda

The charge of being the ‘B-team' of the Army, the JuD chief described as being part of the propaganda against him, as was the oft-repeated claim that his charitable institutions were being used as a recruiting ground for terrorists. About his source of funds, he said every rupee was generated from within the country through donations; and denied that the JuD got any money from either overseas or institutions in Pakistan.

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