JuD chief Hafiz Saeed spits venom against India, again

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New Delhi, Jan 30: With Pakistan preaching that they were doing all it can to maintain cordial relations with India; Pakistan was witness to yet another anti-India tirade by Jamaat-ud-dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. Continuing his campaign against India, he was seen addressing a rally of 40 religious and political parties in Multan. He called for revenge on India and vouched for the liberation of Kashmir.

Saeed also called for a review of US-Pak ties. Pakistan is in the midst of a political crisis over the memogate row and also the relationship with all-weather friend US is at an all-time low. Saeed has been quoted as saying in his speech, “We have to defend Pakistan, and we have to liberate Kashmir. And we have to take revenge on India, starting from East Pakistan to Samjhauta Express, Inshaallah (God willing)."

Stepping up the attacks on those in Pakistan as well, Saeed stated that he would protest outside the Parliament if any attempts were made to reopen the NATO supply routes that were earlier shut down in the NATO drone strike. Saeed accused the US of initiating propaganda against Pakistan and the members of the Defa-e-Pakistan Council and said that he would defend the country's "ideological frontiers". He warned that if these people "adopt an aggressive stance and try to attack Pakistan, the US will break up."

The rally was also addressed by former Inter-Services Intelligence chief Hamid Gul, Pakistani politician Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Ijaz-ul-Haq, the son of former dictator General Zia Ul Haq. Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hassan addressing the rally said that a resolution in Parliament to restore NATO supply routes will be tantamount to betraying Pakistan. He added, "We will gherao parliament and stage a dharna if NATO supplies are restored.”

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Sami) chief Sami-ul-Haq, also spitting venom said that if the US, Israel, India or NATO forces attacked Pakistan, the Defa-e-Pakistan Council will retaliate with "full force". He added that the Council wanted to free "from the clutches of the US and its allies" and end US drone attacks in the country's tribal areas.

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