26/11 accused Hafiz Saeed leads Eid prayers in Lahore, criticises India

  • PTI
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2016 18:10 IST
Chief of Pakistan’s outlawed Islamic group Jamaat ud Dawa, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

Radical cleric Hafiz Saeed, who is accused in India of plotting the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, on Wednesday led Eid prayers in Lahore where he alleged the US and India are signing agreements against Pakistan and are preparing for a “big war”.

Saeed, chief of the banned group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), told people gathered at the Gaddafi Stadium Muslims must unite “to fail the design of infidels”.

He said international players are conspiring against Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

“The United States and India are signing agreements against Pakistan and there has been a preparation of a big war”, he said, alleging “drones are parked at Indian airports and our rulers are engaged in a fight with opposition.”

Saeed, who has a $10-million bounty for his capture, termed Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s growing distance with the US as a “blessing in disguise”.

“It is a blessing in disguise that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are getting distanced from America. This will lay foundation of the Islamic Union which is the need of the hour for the Islamic world,” he said.

He condemned the terror attack in Saudi Arabia and alleged the involvement of “foreign hands” in destabilising the Muslim world.

A large number of people offered their prayer behind Saeed amid tight security with police personnel and JuD security wing members deployed in and outside the stadium.

Saeed has been leading the Eid prayers at Gaddafi Stadium for the last many years.

India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to bring Saeed to justice for allegedly masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which were blamed on Lashkar-e-Toiba, a group Saeed founded.

He has often been seen addressing anti-India rallies in Pakistan, but Islamabad says it has no proof against him.

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