At a time when Indo-Pak relations are under a cloud following Poonch killings by Pakistan army, 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed is seen leading the Eid prayers in Lahore on Friday morning, NDTV reports.
Not only this, the event was duly advertised through posters all over the city, claims Wall Street Journal.
Observes link his duly publicised presence in Pakistan to a provocative plan by anti-India elements on the other side of the border to watch Indo-Pak peace dialogue in September derail.
They also claim that Saeed’s organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa has links with terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and hence there has been an aggressive publicity of his presence prior to Eid - just after the killing of five Indian soldiers at the LoC. The two events can’t be seen in isolation, observers feel. In fact, this is part of saboteurs meticulously designed provocative plan to trigger anti-Pakistan sentiments in India and overthrow peace talks.
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His presence only goes on to show that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faces a brute force within his country which wants to pursue its own anti-India agenda against Sharif’s line of dialogue and cooperation with India.
Earlier this year in an interview to New York Times, Saeed, who is one of India's most wanted terrorists and a key accused in the 26/11 attacks, had claimed that he was free to move around Pakistan as an ordinary person as his fate was in the hands of God and not America.
Hafiz carries a $10 million reward on his head by the US. The US has said it continues to seek information on the LeT founder that can convict him in the court of law.
In 1950, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was born in Sargodha to a conservative Pakistani Punjabi family. General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq appointed Saeed to the Council on Islamic Ideology, and he later served as an Islamic Studies teacher at the University of Engineering and Technology (Lahore), Pakistan.