The Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) has said that the bounty on its leader Hafiz Saeed comes in response to the stand taken by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) against re-opening of Nato supply lines through Pakistan.
Denying rumours that Saeed had gone underground, JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid said on Tuesday that Hafiz Saeed was very much active in Pakistan and that his role in grouping religious parties into the DPC had not gone down well with the United States.
Mujahid said that the DPC opposed the reopening of Nato supply routes through Pakistan, drone strikes in the country’s tribal areas and trade with India. It was on these grounds that the US announced a bounty on Hafiz Saeed's head. The US has earlier expressed its displeasure and concern over the DPC's activities.
Defending Hafiz Saeed and Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, described as LeT's second-in-command, Mujahid said the whole world was aware of their whereabouts “since they are are not living in the forests, hills or caves".
He said Hafiz Saeed and Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki "are the most popular religious leaders of Pakistan and their relief and religious activities are not hidden from any one."
Mujahid went on to claim that the move by the US was politically motivated and it was evident who the US government was trying to gratify. He went on to add that the DPC was fully aware of the conspiracies being hatched by US, India and their allies against Pakistan’s sovereignty, adding that the move by the US to announce a bounty for Saeed indicated the negative tactics being adopted by them in frustration of their ulterior motives and plans being foiled by the DPC.