JuD chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed, blamed by India for masterminding the Mumbai attacks, has alleged that the flood situation worsened in Pakistan after the neighbouring country released waters in Pakistani rivers.
"The Pakistani rulers are silent on Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and the building of dams on Pakistani rivers. We must not forget that in the current floods, more devastation has been caused after India released water in Pakistani rivers," he claimed while addressing a gathering yesterday at Jamia Masjid Al-Qadsia, JuD's headquarters here. Saeed said Pakistan will have to stop the construction of dams on its rivers "by force" and for this purpose, it will have to "liberate" Jammu and Kashmir from India. "Now we are left with only one option – free Kashmir to save Pakistan," he said.
Saeed, also the founder of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, said though there were more rains than usual this year, the people must try to find out the "real reason" behind the floods. "Besides building dams on Chenab, Jehlum and Neelum rivers, India is constructing dams on rivers coming from Afghanistan.
Similarly, to stop the waters of the Indus river, India is building the world's second largest dam in Kargil so that it can flood Pakistan at will," he claimed. Saeed accused foreign powers of providing resources to India to build dams on "Pakistani rivers." He claimed that thousands of JuD volunteers are engaged in relief operations for flood-hit people, including Christians, Sikhs and Hindus across Pakistan.
He criticised the government for not initiating coordinated efforts to deal with the disaster.