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Nuked if you don't

india Updated: Feb 07, 2011 22:47 IST

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If you soon see Jamaat-ud-Dawah leader Hafiz Saeed come out in a merry mood from a house at an undisclosed location in Pakistan, chances are that he's just left a nice little party hosted by Abdul Qadeer Khan. Mr Khan, if you recall, is the Pakistani nuclear scientist credited with the tag of being the 'father of Pakistan's nuclear programme'. Yes, that's right. He's the same AQ Khan who was placed under house arrest after he confessed to selling nuclear weapons technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea and was 'released' in February 2009 and declared a 'free citizen'.

Well, another 'free citizen' who was placed under house arrest by Pakistani authorities twice to be released twice is Mr Saeed, the 'amir' of JuD. Considering that the man alleged to have close ties with the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (he himself denies this) and involved in the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai addressed a JuD rally in Pakistan on Sunday stating that jihad should be pursued against India even if it means "nuclear war", one could surmise that there's a possibility of a demand-supply friendship involving matter 'nuclear' blooming.

The rally, marking Kashmir Solidarity Day, was curious in that subjects such as war, let along 'nuking India', don't usually come up in gatherings organised by charity organisations, something that Mr Saeed's JuD insists it is. Of course, with secretary-level talks between Indian and Pakistani authorities having taken place in Bhutan on the sides of the South Asian Association for Redundant Cooperation, all this bluster from Mr Saeed is plain bluster. Pakistani and Indian government officials can have a nice laugh over all this 'drop a nuke in India if India doesn't quit Kashmir' spiel. So long as Messrs Khan and Saeed are not seen shifting their post-house arrest house parties to a facility that is glowing in the dark near Rawalpindi.