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'An attack on Saeed is an attack on Islam'

Last updated on: April 4, 2012 13:02 IST

'An attack on Saeed is an attack on Islam'

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Banned terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa has officially condemned the United States' announcement of a 10 million dollar bounty on its chief Hafiz Saeed, calling it "another attack by the American government on Muslims and Islam".

JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid said the US had offered the bounty due to the Difa-e-Pakistan Council's strong resolve against the reopening of NATO supply routes through Pakistan, drone strikes in the country's tribal badlands and trade with India.

Mujahid claimed that the move by the US was politically motivated and it was evident who the US government was trying to gratify.

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'Americans wanted to please India'

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"Yes, the Americans wanted to please India and they did it," The Express Tribune quoted Mujahid as saying.

According to the report, leaders of various religious parties in Pakistan condemned the US bounty on Saeed, saying the 'JuD chief is a hero of Pakistan and allegations against him were in fact allegations against the Muslim Ummah and the country'.

Senior leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl Khursheed Abbas Gardezi said that this step by the US would only generate hatred amongst millions of Muslims all over the world.

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'Saeed and Makki are not hidden anywhere'

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"An attack on Saeed is an attack on Islam and Muslim countries will retaliate in this case soon," the paper quoted him as saying.

Slamming India for welcoming the US announcement, Jamaat-e-Islami senior leader Ashraf Ali said that India was waiting for this moment. 

"We would like to tell India and the US that Saeed and Makki are not hidden anywhere and they have been serving Muslims openly," he added.

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