JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, blamed by New Delhi for masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has claimed that US President Barack Obama's recent visit to India was part of a conspiracy against Pakistan and China.
He made the claim while addressing a seminar in Lahore organised by a group of lawyers linked to JuD to highlight the Kashmir issue, US "interference" in Pakistani affairs and conviction of Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui in the US for attacking American soldiers in Afghanistan.
"America wants India to stand against China, but India will never comply as it has been exploiting America," he said at the seminar yesterday. Saeed contended that the politics of Pakistan's rulers revolved around the US and they had conceded to "anti-Islam policies."
No international organisation was working on behalf of Muslims and this has led to the conviction of Aafia Siddiqui in the US. "I have cogent evidence of Aafia's abduction from Karachi but Pakistani agencies have become the slave of America," he said, referring to the Pakistani woman who was recently sentenced to 86 years in prison by a US judge for attacking American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Referring to the Kashmir problem, he said Pakistan government "must take all parties into confidence" before taking any decision on the issue.
The seminar, which was also addressed by Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hassan, was organised by a group of lawyers with links to JuD, which has been declared a front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba by the UN Security Council.