Javed Hashmi backs 'most wanted' Hafiz Saeed, Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki

Published: April 6, 2012
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PTI President said he had spent his entire life with Hafiz Saeed and Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

PTI President said he had spent his entire life with Hafiz Saeed and Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

MULTAN: Javed Hashmi, the Paistan Tehreek-i-Insaf President, on Friday extended his support to Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed on whom the US recently placed $10 million bounty for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Calling him a preacher of peace in the world, Hashmi said, that if something should happen to Hafiz Saeed, then the entire nation will be responsible.

He was addressing a public demonstration organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council in Ghanta Ghar  Square in Multan on Friday. The gathering was also addressed by leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, Lawyers community, Jamat-e-ahl-e-hadees, Ahle-SunnatWal-Jamaat, Jamiat ulema-e-Pakistan, and members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Leading the ceremony, Hashmi said that he had spent his entire life with Prof Hafiz Saeed and Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki at university as both were union leaders. They were one of the most pious students in the university, he vouched.

He further said that the services of the ‘most wanted’ men were for the welfare of the country and can never be forgotten. He said that a social worker can never be a terrorist but all those declaring him terrorist are the real threat to the peace of the world.

“I salute the workers of Jamaatud Dawa and their unity, their passion to fight for the honour of their leader who deserves respect and honour by all the Muslims of the world.”

The PTI president revealed that name of Difa-e-Pakistan council had been suggested by Hashmi and Prof. Hafiz Saeed had honoured me by declaring this as the final name of the council.

Hashmi added that in his experience, he found Prof Hafiz Saeed and Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki always loyal, and dedicated to Islam, Muslim Ummah and Pakistan.

He concluded that every citizen of Pakistan will fight for Prof Hafiz Saeed and will become a Hafiz saeed if something happened to the JuD chief.

Hashmi further added that he had resigned from the parliament only because it had become the slaves of US, which like India, worked against the interests and people of Pakistan.

The participants in the gathering raised slogans against Obama, Hilary Clinton and United States and vowed their complete support to Hafiz Saeed and Jamaatud Dawa.

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  • Umer
    Apr 6, 2012 - 11:29PM

    Javaid Hashmi of PTI? Is that any surprise? It goes like this;

    Javaid Hashmi->PTI->Establishment->JuD->Hafiz Saeed.

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  • Asad
    Apr 6, 2012 - 11:42PM

    No one left to vote for now.

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  • HoneyBee
    Apr 6, 2012 - 11:44PM

    “I salute the workers of Jamaatud Dawa and their unity, their passion to fight for the honour of their leader who deserves respect and honour by all the Muslims of the world.”

    Isn’t this shows the PTI’s double standard . . ???

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  • Umair
    Apr 6, 2012 - 11:45PM

    Hashmi saab in PTI: A great disappointment for PTI’s huge secular cake piece.

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  • Hammad Mian
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:04AM

    @Asad: I am still here to vote for him :)

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  • Awais Ch
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:12AM

    @Umer, Asad, HoneyBee

    aren’t you guys happy to see unity in among Pakistanis.

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  • Mustafa Kamal
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:13AM

    It is not Javed Hashmi. Here speak the whole PTI. The real face of PTI..

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  • Aqua
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:23AM

    What else do you expect form PTI now..stop blind support and criticise where it is needed!

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  • Pollack
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:31AM

    “Calling him a preacher of peace in the world”

    :-). How can anyone say that with a straight face? Now it’s clear where imran khans party stands despite his “liberal” face to the liberal public.

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  • gujranwala789
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:32AM

    PTI is a right wing nationalist party, so this statement from hashmi makes perfect sense. PTI should join hands with PMLN because after all they are both conservative nationalist parties.

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  • Mehran
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Big disappointment. I thought PTI will be hope for new generation based on ideals of progressive and liberal Pakistan. but PTI president is supporting religious folks to get more ultra right votes and this is very sad moment and It is time to say “Big No” to this new rightist party.

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  • Umer
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:45AM

    @HoneyBee:

    Isn’t this shows the PTI’s double
    standard . . ???

    There is no double standard, PTI always supported Difa-e-Pakistan extremists.

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  • Freeman
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:15AM

    @Asad: You are PML(N) Troll. We will give vote to Javed Hashmi.

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  • Freeman
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:18AM

    @Umair: Your are trying to flow with Indian and American masters. Javed Hashmi is right. Javed Hashmi is a true and brave leader. There is no Disappointment at all. Keep your thought with yourself.

    PML(N) stooges started to talk against Javed Hashmi.

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  • Freeman
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:19AM

    @HoneyBee: No there are no double standards. Same comments we heared about the Hafiz Saeed from PML(N) Leaders.

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  • Junaid Atique
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:21AM

    Well thats very good.! it means PTI supports who ever is right! No double standards.. It true INSAAF!

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  • kaalchakra
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:37AM

    Frankly, I think Pakistan’s journey of confusion for the last sixty years is coming to an end. We will still have some people exchanging chaat recipes, make-up tips, and restaurant information with Indians, but a complete break-up as PEOPLES has almost been reached.

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 1:42AM

    Meet the new boss PTI…same as the old PML-N.

    Okay. Let’s say Hafiz Saeed is not a militant (which he is). Don’t think Muslims all over the world would want to respect someone who prayed Jannazah for notorious criminal and Kharjee terrorist Osama Bin Laden. That would certainly make him an extremist. What to say of his apologists and defenders?

    ASWJ attended their rally…so much for the ‘Muslim ummah’. Throwing your hats with notorious anti-Shia sectarian bigots. Not like as if these right-wing conservative extremists weren’t already bad for all other Sunni or non-Sunni Pakistanis already.

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  • gp65
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:05AM

    The boys who sang the Aalu Anday song were prescient. They had a poster that said PTI = Good looking Jamaat -e-Islaami.

    As for Mr. Hahmi, you may have known Saeed during your college days and he may have been very religious. But he himself claims to have done jihad that broke Soviet union into pieces. He himself claims that he will unleash similar jihad against US. There are plenty of speeches by him on You tube where he and JuD leadership call upon his followers to kill Indians. So I am not sure if you are unaware of these hwen you describe him as a man of peace or in your mind as long as the person being killed is kafir, it is still a peaceful act?

    And if you gave the name DPC to this group, I have a question for you. What is the purpose of your army if random civilians run around wih guns claiming to protect the coutnry?

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  • Jan Sher
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:17AM

    @Umer:
    Hmmm. Umar Alias Hindu Web terrorist from India.. I caught you on couple of articles on ET where you disguised under the Pakistani name and spitting Venom on everyone from Pakistan. My sincere advice is that If you are such a Big Pehalwan, then come out in the open and declare your true RSS Hindu Nazio-Fascist Identity and stop hiding behind these fake names. Would you do that? I doubt it. Go bring Proofs that can be presented in the court not Fairy Tales that you and your RSS Hindu leadership invents. Everyone has a right for a fair trial. And do me a Favor, that tell Krishna to change his wig. It has started looking fake now so change it or come bald right away before the public and he will not be questioned for this change of status. Bring the charges or simply disappear. Message is simple and clear. If not, then How about putting same bounty on your own head or on Krishna’s head ? I can guarantee you many in India will invent the evidence and will try to sell it to the Bounty owner. Use brain and tell Krishna to do the same. Good Bye.

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  • gp65
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:31AM

    @Umer: “There is no double standard, PTI always supported Difa-e-Pakistan extremists”

    I think the double standard is that they are supporting DPC extremists openly now but at the same time Imran Khan gives interviews to India that he will not allow Pakistani soil to be used against any other country if he comes to power. At that time when he was questioned about why his party addressed the Karachi DPC gathering, he said that he believes dialog is the way forward and gave example of indian government talking to Maoist.

    But now there is no ambiguity about double standards What Imran Khan says to Indian journalists simply does not match with what Javed Hashmi who is the President of PTI openly supporting Hafiz Saeed.

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  • Dr Abdullah
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:47AM

    Putting a bounty on a man who is not hiding in any jungle was a stupid thing to do by US and now whole of Pakistan is praising him including all parties be it PPP,PML-N or PTI…Even media men who are considered to be Liberal are not speaking against Hafiz Saeed…So why blaming Javed Hashmi only??? My vote for PTI :) haters now go find some other topic to bash PTI

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 2:59AM

    We condemn the double (rather multiple) standards.
    1) “Bounty” on a Pakistani whose “alleged terrorism” has no proofs (announced by US official while on visit to India).
    2) Declaring Sheikh Hassan Nasrullah (Hizbullah) a Terrorist only for resisting Israeli occupation.
    3) Legalizing target-killing of Sheikh Ahmad Yaseen (Hamas) only for resisting Israeli occupation.
    4) Narendra Modi, killer of thousands in Indian Gujarat carries NO BOUNTY.
    5) Ariel Sharon, killer of thousands in Sabra and Shateela carries NO BOUNTY.
    6) Nitenyahu, killer of thousands in Gaza given RED CARPET in Washington.
    7) Bush & Colin Powell (WMD Liars), killers of a million Iraqis and Afghans carry NO BOUNTY.
    Why are all Fake-Liberals so HAPPY about this “Bounty”. Wanna take it; go for it. Alas!
    Hamiyyat Naam tha Jis kaa Gayee Taimoor ke Ghar Se. :(

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  • saadiddin
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:44AM

    well i dont see any reason for any sort of astonishment from the civil society on this news item. PTI is fully backed by ISI and so is terrorist like hafiz saeed it is up to our “youth” who are swarming the kaptan to understand that what they are upto.

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 5:53AM

    So if the Difa-e-Pakistan name was suggested by Javed Hashmi, that says PTI was involved in the establishment of DPC. Was ASWJ invited to be a member of DPC by PTI? Was Malik Ishaq also present at DPC rallies on PTI suggestion? Perhaps in addition to corruption in Pakistan, PTI is also planning to end Shias in 9 days.

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  • OldPak
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:38AM

    That's what happen when inexperience politician blindly take all run-away's from other parties. No wonder the parties who promote from with-in or have leaders who have a excellent & farthest sense of direction lasts the longest. Mirza or MQM or even ANP combine has not reduce the shine on PPP as much as Javed Hashmi did to PTI. If Imran khan don't make him apologize, or outright remove him for saying so, he should bid farewell to his future political ambition or any such tsonami, rest aside taking modern educated youth.
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  • Mirza
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:11AM

    I am surprised that some people are surprised! PTI is no different than the other rightwing parties in its actions and programs. It has never taken progressive or liberal stand on the extremists, for supporting minorities, women and down trodden silent rural majority of Pakistan. With the passage of time most liberal, educated and progressives including youngsters would come to see the true face of PTI which is no different than the other rightwing parties. No wonder same people are joining from one party to the other.

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  • siddique
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:53AM

    bounty on hafiz saeed strange for all nation not only for PTI

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  • siddique
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:55AM

    @TsunamiLota: PTI does not believe on sunni shia.

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  • faraz
    Apr 7, 2012 - 9:00AM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA

    You missed Halaku Khan who attacked Baghdad. Dont divert it to Isreal and India; its an internal issue. DPC consists of extremists and sectarian terrorists militant groups that are involved in massive killings inside Pakistan. And Javed Hashmi suggested the name for this abominable alliance.

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  • Hafeez
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:20AM

    My friends, I am confused. Imran Khan considers JUD and Hafiz Saeed as terrorists and tells an indian journalist that if PTI comes to power such parties would be disbanded/banned. Here is the link to interview

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMYkVFlzJ-c

    But Hashmi, PTI president considers them as preachers of peace and that he fully supports such parties. So, I am confused.

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  • Syed
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:25AM

    This makes me so sad. I think I will refrain from voting next time as well. Nobody worthy of my vote :(Recommend

  • Maryam
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Hope that one day Difa-i-Pakistan council will merge with PTI, Inshallah and together they will make Pakistan a proud nation.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:07PM

    This will lead to embrionic death of PTI .

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  • Umer
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:27PM

    @Hafeez:

    That’s Pakistani politics; say one thing to the world and do altogether different within the country.

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  • Umer
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:32PM

    @Freeman:

    Keep your thought with yourself.

    Is that what happens when PTI comes in power? People will have to keep their thoughts to themselves unless they praise PTI/Imran Khan? What was wrong with Nazi Germany then?

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  • kaalchakra
    Apr 7, 2012 - 5:07PM

    There are no double standards. Your interpretation of what Imran Khan meant is completely wrong. He said that he will not allow PAKISTAN’S land to be used against India. Neither totally free Kashmir nor Afghanistan is Pakistan. Second, he said he did not support terrorists. Saeed Hafiz and LET are not terrorists. Third, he argued he was for peace and friendship. He obviously meant that peace and friendship are desirable but only after Indians stop being unjust and do what Pakistan wants.

    Again, no double standards, no inner contradictions at all. Only bigots and haters are trying to create rift between Pakistanis and mislead them.

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  • Ali
    Apr 7, 2012 - 5:56PM

    Thank you Mr Hashmi for calling a spade a spade.

    Hafiz Saeed is not what the US government accuses him of without any trials. He has been tried and vindicated. The US and Indian government should provide evidence before pointing fingers and announcing bounties.

    I have more respect for PTI now than I had before.

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  • OldPak
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @kaalchakra: You mean exchange with Pakistanis.

    The unique character the Muslim history gives Pakistan is: Outsider or non-believer will never understand and so can't wrestle or kill it. The land revive itself continuously__ 24/7 and so is very volatile, thriving, alive and but amazingly progressive. Well, ofcourse at the cost to left-behinds & nagging crowd.
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  • elementary
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:18PM

    No matter how strongly you disagree with religious extremists ,isolating and pushing them against the wall almost invariably doesn’t work,infact it is counterproductive:it provides them with moral justification, which they can and do use to win more sympathizers,and make current followers more fanatic and violent.
    This is so because overwhelming majority of pakistanis share their inspiration and agree with their objectives even if they don’t agree with their violent methods.what needs to be understood is that radicalization or Radicals can not be eradiacated they can only be softened.Eliminating OBL’s or HS’s is not the solution.
    The only way to get them to lay down their arms is to allow them into the mainstream.Social inclusion and social cohesion is the only answer.Therefore blending madrassahs with mainstream education is the pragmatically the best way forward.we need a credible government and honest leader to achieve this.I am impressed with depth of Imran khan’s political vision and I sincerely hope he is able to accomplish this.

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  • Hafeez
    Apr 7, 2012 - 9:37PM

    @kaalchakra:
    I am amazed at how you can read between the lines. Except that you read what you want to read :). It is so clear from the interview that what IK thinks about LeT and Hafiz Saeed and you still do not believe it. I am shocked.

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  • Kanwal
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:09AM

    I guess thats what happens when you have been an unstable playboy in your young age. You become a clean-shave Mullah in your older age. Bravo Imran Khan!

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  • Naumaan Farooq
    Apr 8, 2012 - 10:27AM

    @ well said Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA

    I am surprized why our liberals are against Hafiz Saeed and raises voice against. …. but the so called most secular and liberal country India is in favour of Narinder Modi.
    All the liberals please read:
    http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/modi-defies-gandhi-s-india-1.986548
    and this too;
    http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,210795221079532109997,00.html

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  • MN
    Apr 9, 2012 - 10:27PM

    This is just the beginning of confusions and compromises for IK. No doubt, he is playing an extremely dangerous game with the masses by misleading them with wrong hopes. Perhaps he doesn’t himself know what he has been doing.

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  • hahaha @liberals
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:21PM

    We condemn the double (rather multiple) standards.
    1) “Bounty” on a Pakistani whose “alleged terrorism” has no proofs (announced by US official while on visit to India).
    2) Declaring Sheikh Hassan Nasrullah (Hizbullah) a Terrorist only for resisting Israeli occupation.
    3) Legalizing target-killing of Sheikh Ahmad Yaseen (Hamas) only for resisting Israeli occupation.
    4) Narendra Modi, killer of thousands in Indian Gujarat carries NO BOUNTY.
    5) Ariel Sharon, killer of thousands in Sabra and Shateela carries NO BOUNTY.
    6) Nitenyahu, killer of thousands in Gaza given RED CARPET in Washington.
    7) Bush & Colin Powell (WMD Liars), killers of a million Iraqis and Afghans carry NO BOUNTY.
    Why are all Fake-Liberals so HAPPY about this “Bounty”. Wanna take it; go for it. Alas!
    Hamiyyat Naam tha Jis kaa Gayee Taimoor ke Ghar Se. :(

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  • Apr 19, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Weldone Hashmi sb …
    Those who are criticizing must see with broad mind…
    Are you guys in sense while portraying Hashmi > Establishment thing ???

    What double standards many among you see here …?
    Should PTI declare being anti Islam ?? am not saying we need to support all apparently Islamic group.. but need to develop a sense as IK always said , differ b/w right and wrong ..

    and Justice stands for all , Hindu Muslim , Sikh, Eshaiye for any one …
    Even one needs to be just while treating enemies…
    then why do we differ and create classes among Pakistani`s ??

    any body has proof of allegations again Hafiz Saeed , must come forward , rather then just believing blind allegations from US & India.

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  • Apr 19, 2012 - 3:41PM

    PTI since NOv 2011 has been hijacked by fundamentalist. That is one reason why they can not come out with a progressive Manifesto as was expected from a party calling for Justice. With huge gap between Have and Have nots and growing. Avoidance of such basic issues like Land Distribution, Land Right for city dwellers in the form of Regularization of their modest Goths and KATCHI ABADIES, introduction of progressive taxes like The Wealth Tax, State Duty, Removal of exemption on Agri Income, tax on Services, Real Estate, transport etc. declaring SBP completely independent so they do not print note even if asked to so by Government.

    PTI absorbed by right wing is helpless. It’s old workers feel betrayed and neglected. They never dreamed that their party will stand with VILLANS of the World.

    Now their should be head money for Javed Hashmi also.

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  • Moderate
    Apr 24, 2012 - 9:23AM

    Speechless! This just confirms why i would never vote for PTI. Tragic, that the party proposing to change Pakistan forever, is so deeply rooted in exactly what is destroying Pakistan: Political players under the garb of ‘religious leaders’ using religion as a tool to influence people and justify their sinister role in politics.

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  • zehra
    Apr 24, 2012 - 9:25AM

    the reason why i stopped supporting pti, i dnt want to vote for a party that has sympahties wth JUd likes and bht zada double standards,ity it is like a clean shaven tailaban coming back!!

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  • Zeeshan
    Apr 24, 2012 - 9:57AM

    Hafiz Saeed is definitely not the Most Wanted person by the Pakistan Authorities!! are we to follow the Indian and US standards only?

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  • Raja
    Apr 24, 2012 - 11:58AM

    @Zeeshan: Did you guys have proof against OBL ? Do you have proof against the hundreds killed by drones in FATA ? Why do you ask for proof only for Hafiz ?

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  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:21PM

    Hashmi sb. is great man who always speaks truth. We love him.

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  • MAD
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:41PM

    THe thing is Difae Pakistan is not concerned with domestic politics. They are merely set up to show some nations of the world what they would be up against were they to consider some form of invasion or attack. Dont worry about it, Havnt u ever wondered why none of the media ever criticizes Difae pakistan openly. This is the reason. lets just say its a defensive move on our part

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  • Argus
    Apr 24, 2012 - 2:45PM

    The fact of the matter is that left wing secular ideas have no public support and no vote bank at all in Pakistan. It is natural for politicians to support right wing ideas as they have to seek votes from public.

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  • Ali Nasir
    Apr 24, 2012 - 4:56PM

    PTI just got one more follower

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  • Apr 24, 2012 - 11:01PM

    PTI fans will defend this too… Wow they got the guts.

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  • Sindhi
    Apr 25, 2012 - 6:15AM

    Send whole DPC, its leaders and workers to Siachen. We need Difa there or at least they’ll be Daffaa.

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  • waqarlearner
    Apr 25, 2012 - 12:27PM

    PTI is just the new GUI of an extremist right wing running at back end of it!

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  • Gulab Jamun
    Apr 25, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Express Tribune strikes again!Twisting the words of Hashmi,into a propaganda…..Well done Express tribune or may i say Expire tribune ! All the PTI haters go and vote again for PPP,MQM and PML-N and get served what you are wishing for:Death of a common man,and if tomorrow the courts let go off Gillani …all the claptrap will happen in the favour of courts and then i will ask didnt the court let go off Hafiz Saeed,too? Oh,well who am I,just a Gulab Jamun!

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  • Gulab Jamun
    Apr 25, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA——-Zindabad

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  • Adnan Khan
    May 3, 2012 - 3:47AM

    Anybody who has anything but absolute admiration for the work of JuD, the leadership of Hafiz Saeed is a blind follower of US/Indian lies and propaganda and disloyal to the national and strategic interests of Pakistan.
    .
    Javed Hashmi, whose reputation in politics and beyond is beyond reproach, is being perfectly consistent, ie; a patriot. Jin ke pait mei dard ho rahi hai, they can always pick up their bori bistra and move to india. Buh-bye!

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