Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed criticised the Nawaz Sharif government on Sunday for banning the coverage of his organisation in Pakistani media.
Saeed claimed that Washington directed Pakistan government to take such step.
“The order to ban the JuD (on media) has not come from Islamabad but from Washington,” he said in a statement issued in Lahore.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on November 2 had restrained all Pakistani television channels from “all kinds of coverage” of the JuD, its front Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation and about 60 other proscribed organisations and their leaders.
The 66-year-old - who orchestrated the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed but roams around freely in Pakistan - also questioned the ‘liberal agenda’ Sharif is trying to ‘impose’ in Pakistan for which he is being praised in the Western media, in an apparent reference to a recent Washington Post article.
The Post had praised Sharif for his liberal agenda, saying the “shift in tone can be traced to Sharif’s ambitious economic agenda, the influence his 42-year-old daughter (Maryam Nawaz) has over him, and his awareness that Pakistan remains the butt of jokes, according to his friends, senior government officials and analysts”.