While many were astonished at the number of votes bagged by Hafiz Saeed-led Milli Muslim League (MML) in the NA-120 polls, Hamza Ali Abbasi has stirred a fresh storm by praising the terror watch suspect in his tweets.
The seat fell vacant after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the top court following a landmark judgment in the Panama Papers case.
“US/India say he is a terrorist; I know Hafiz Saeed as a righteous man,” the renowned actor and show presenter said before adding, “Huge respect for Milli Muslim League for getting 4k+ votes.”
The actor then seemed to substantiate his support for the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief, saying, “Hafiz Saeed has done great work against Takfeer & Sectarianism, social work for non Muslims of Pakistan & is a mentor to Kashmiris.”
Abbasi then appeared to clarify Saeed’s stance on his behalf, on Kashmir too. “Hafiz Saeed doesn’t hate India or Indians. He only hates & speaks against Indian Govt’s atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir.”
The actor did not miss the opportunity to hit out at PML-N for winning back the crucial seat. “Celebration is for show only. Deep down inside, N League leaders know this is a huge blow for them on their home ground.”
The JuD and its wing the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) were placed on the watch list and put on the second schedule under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the government was taking steps to fulfil its international obligations.
Saeed is being kept at his residence, 116-E, in Johar Town, Lahore. The interior ministry in its order had stated that the JuD and the FIF, a charity and public welfare arm of the JuD , were taking steps that were harmful to peace and security and involved in activities that violated the UNSC Resolution 1267.