Hafiz Saeed accuses Sharif of being soft on India

Islamabad: Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed at a conference to mark 'Solidarity Day' with Kashmiris on Saturday accused Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of being ‘soft on India and advocating peace’.

Saeed while praising army chief General Raheel Sharif showed defiance towards the government in his first major public appearance after three years.

"The Prime Minister is bound to follow the path of Quaid-i-Azam (Mohammad Ali Jinnah), Liaquat Ali Khan and the founding fathers. He should not betray the Kashmir cause," Saeed said.

Praised the United Jihad Council (UJC), which had claimed the Pathankot attack, Saeed reiterated Pak army general’s words and said the army chief was right when he said, "Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of partition".

Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman Khalil of Ansarul Ummah, Mian Aslam of Jamaat-i-Islami, Senate Deputy Chairman and central leader of JUI-F Abdul Ghafoor Haidary and a former legal aide of former president general Parvez Musharraf -- Ahmad Raza Kasuri -- also participated in the conference.

"Both India and Pakistan are pitching their resources in defence while hundreds and thousands of citizens do not have food and shelter," Haidary said at the conference.

Not only was the conference heavily attended by workers and followers of JuD, it also showcased the high degree of technical advancements made by the group, the Dawn reported.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau