Attacks in Pakistan are no jihad: Hafiz Saeed

Published: June 17, 2013
Militant activities in Pakistan do not fall in the category of jihad, says Saeed. PHOTO: FILE

Militant activities in Pakistan do not fall in the category of jihad, says Saeed. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Extremist activities within Pakistan are not “jihad” says Hafiz Saeed, chief of the banned group Jamaat-ud-Dawa said on Monday, Press Trust of India reported.

In his “fatwa” against the attacks, Saeed said militants should not carry out attacks in the country.

“Militant activities in Pakistan do not fall in the category of jihad. I appeal to all jihadi organisations not to carry out attacks inside Pakistan as it is not jihad (holy war). America and India are taking benefit from their activities.”

Saeed who is alleged to be responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks issued the statement in response to the attacks in Quetta. The attacks killed as many as 25 people was claimed by the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Balochistan Liberation Army.

On Saturday, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s residency in Ziarat was destroyed in an attack by the BLA. A policeman who was deployed at the residency was killed.

Hours later, a bus carrying female university students was blown up and a subsequent attack was carried out at the hospital where the injured passengers were taken. Altogether 25 people were killed, including 14 women students and four nurses.

Saeed though asserted that a conspiracy was being hatched by India and US against Pakistan.

“They want infighting among different schools of thought to achieve their vested interest,” Saeed said.

He claimed that efforts were being made to set everyone against his party, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

“Our strength is in unity and not in infighting among us. However, Muslims will have to continue jihad to maintain their freedom,” concluded Saeed.

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  • Lahori
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:12PM

    Mullah, Please.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:15PM

    Then why don’t you go take out those who do such things like BLA Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:18PM

    Every one in Pakistan knows very well who is behind the suicide bombers and bomb blasts in Pakistan.

    People don’t take the names – but you made it loud and clear.Recommend

  • indi
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:24PM

    looks like chronic power shortage for 20 hours in lahore made him go nuts….. :)Recommend

  • Sonya
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:34PM

    You have misinterpreted Jihad once and then it goes on…..Recommend

  • nishant
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:34PM

    yeah militant attacks in pakistan are not jihad,but those same attacks in india l and elsewhere in world is jihad and is required for freedom of muslims,,
    common mr hafiz saeed the attack in mumbai killed at least 50 muslims in india ,were those muslims not son of allah…or your jihad was against them also…

    wen will u understand that killing 200 innocent people is not jihad ,as many muslims lives in india like pakistan…and but they are not crap and brainwashed like u….

    “et plz publish this,,my comments are not against pakistan or any religion …it is against so called jihad..even many pakistan ppl agree with me as seen in above comments”Recommend

  • AwakenedFinally
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:34PM

    I needed a laugh. The world seemed upside down. Now It makes sense.
    Pls tell me where to send the check for making it alright.

  • zia
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:38PM

    Jihad by Baloch people?Recommend

  • abc
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:40PM

    For you Jihad is fighting and killing in Kashmir and for them its what they are doing. Its seems your disciples have grown up now and refuse to take orders from you. What happened to your Difa-e-Pakistan rallies? Can you save Pakistan from your disciples ?Recommend

  • Rashid
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:43PM


    Please be respectful of a man who has submitted to the will of Allah(PBUH).Recommend

  • Midas
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:43PM

    Then you also know who are the agents of those ‘Indian and US’ conspirators who are carrying out such cowardly and criminal activities in Pakistan – in which more than 40,000 innocent Pakistanis have lost their lives so far. It is you and your brethren, hence you are conspiring against Pakistan and you are one of such agents.Recommend

  • Arifq
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:46PM

    Violence begets violence and those who live by the gun shall die by the gun (soon)!


  • Citizen
    Jun 18, 2013 - 12:02AM

    It’s worth noting here that the BLA was not responsible for the attacks carried out in Quetta (that included the bomb on the bus and the attempt to hijack the Bolan hospital) as ET seems to be implying here. According to all other news sources, these attacks were carried out exclusively by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. However it was the BLA which destroyed the Ziarat residency. Though many would consider it all the same, it is important to differentiate between the type of targets that these militant organizations are choosing.


  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 18, 2013 - 12:06AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    WOW, You say that “everyone one in Pakistan knows very well who is behind the suicide bombers and bomb blasts in Pakistan”!
    Then Please tell us just WHO that is if you know, since we are all tired of posters alluding to the “unnamed” THEM in comments!Recommend

  • Naveen
    Jun 18, 2013 - 12:10AM

    Why not say that let’s join our hands and spread love & peace not just in our country but across the world. Atleast speak Positive.Recommend

  • Mazher Mehboob
    Jun 18, 2013 - 12:17AM

    Killing any one is not Jihad.


  • AQ
    Jun 18, 2013 - 12:33AM

    And yes, India did shine back in the last decade.

    If you have close to 9% growth rate, with warts and all, you still call it shine which didn’t last long. Had it lasted, we would be closer in eliminating problems of hunger and poverty.
    But, the fun in schadeunfradue is not going last long.
    India, will shine once again, Modi or Not.


  • umar
    Jun 18, 2013 - 12:45AM

    All the moderate Muslims should come together to cleanse the whole system of these extremists so that the world becomes a safer place.Recommend

  • Qudus Baloch
    Jun 18, 2013 - 12:57AM

    Like it or not, he is right.


  • modi
    Jun 18, 2013 - 1:09AM

    I would say the only person or a patriot who can speak for his country boldly.
    There is no doubt that BLA & LeJ are both Indian sponsored orgs.
    Shame on such a spineless govt to do nothing against these attacks except talking of negotiations with these thugs.
    This is where Musharraf was the strongest always ahead of everyone to defend his motherland, even the Indian media was wary of speaking against him when he was himself there


  • ashar
    Jun 18, 2013 - 1:41AM

    One can think why India is vigorously after this particular person.


  • Acorn Guts
    Jun 18, 2013 - 1:57AM

    First do jihad against your own ill-wishes and corrupt conscience and cleanse yourselves from all evil .. this is the most desired and foremost type of Jihad. Violence comes last and even that is not relevant in this age. There are more potent, peaceful and admirable ways of defending religion.


  • skhan
    Jun 18, 2013 - 2:45AM

    What BLA doing Jihad for?


  • Alexander
    Jun 18, 2013 - 3:24AM

    I’ll believe that when pigs start to fly.


  • Rex Minor
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:41AM

    Any attack inside the country or outside the country is not a ‘Jihad’. Jihad is a ‘resistance’. There is nothing nothing holy about wars.

    Rex Minor


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:44AM

    Words of sanity can arise from those too, who are considered as “enemies” by the western media!


  • Zohar
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:09AM

    Look who is talking…..


  • Pappoo
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:17AM

    Hafiz Saeed should be tried on treason charges for converting legitimate and indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmiri people into international terrorism. he betrayed the sacrifices of innocent Kashmiris.


  • Np
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:23AM

    @Muslim Leaguer:
    Encouraging killing of non combatant Indians and Americans by calling it jihad according to you is words of sanity?


  • Water Bottle
    Jun 18, 2013 - 8:17AM

    The only long lasting peaceful solution to South Asia is constituting multiple countries out of Pakistan.

    Baloch want a different country. There are other groups who want different forms of governments and different nation states within Pakistan.

    Their wishes are genuine and it should be entertained.

    Then peace has to prevail.Recommend

  • Shiv
    Jun 18, 2013 - 10:02AM

    Isn’t it amazing that thousands of Pakistanis are killed at the behest or connivance of India, the US and of course Israel, and not one shred of evidence is uncovered? And isn’t it all the more amazing that the Pakistanis just believe in this stupidity without demanding evidence? Do you all guys believe that the threesome are so intelligent?


  • Zulfiqar Baig
    Jun 18, 2013 - 10:33AM

    The whole foreign policy should be revised. No more secret agreements, no more drone attacks. Should keep open eyes against any conspiracies against Pakistan.


  • Umair
    Jun 18, 2013 - 10:44AM

    Well beside the allegations India put on HS, I believe he is man of words, he never own Mumbai attacks and openly challenged US to come and arrest him while addressing to public gathering in Islamabad.

    India and US need to come up with solid evidences.


  • Muhammad Saleem Usmani
    Jun 18, 2013 - 11:33AM

    He is right for once. He is making sense. He is controversial, but his social services are only comparable to Edhi.


  • Vikram
    Jun 18, 2013 - 1:04PM

    @Umair Well beside the allegations India put on HS, I believe he is man of words, he never own Mumbai attacks and openly challenged US to come and arrest him while addressing to public gathering in Islamabad.

    India and US need to come up with solid evidences.

    Well Umair don’t You this that such logic applies to HS himself before talking about involvement of India, US in terrorist activities in Pakistan.


  • Umair
    Jun 18, 2013 - 1:32PM

    we are facing incidents like Mumbai in our various areas some on daily/ weekly/ monthly basis.
    tell me how many times our media smacked India, like you did after Mumbai ?
    as far as US is concerned when they announced 10M USD over HS head then why on challenging they disowned their statement and didnt arrest him, why there is no interpol involved.

    Because there is no solid ground where India can arrest him, you are just scared of your brutal acts in Kashmir, where HS want accountability. SIMPLE!


  • Nasir
    Jun 18, 2013 - 2:37PM

    Jihad is commonly misunderstood as “Holy War”, Jihad means “to struggle”
    The “greater jihad” is the inner struggle by a believer to fulfill his religious duties
    The “lesser jihad” is the physical struggle against the enemies of Islam. This physical struggle can take a violent form or a non-violent form.


  • vijay
    Jun 18, 2013 - 2:56PM

    @Rashid: Are you mad. Giving respect to terrorist?


  • Water Bottle
    Jun 18, 2013 - 4:03PM


    “we are facing incidents like Mumbai in our various areas some on daily/ weekly/ monthly basis.
    tell me how many times our media smacked India, like you did after Mumbai ?”

    I’m sorry, but I simply cannot understand your childishness.

    Your country was involved in Mumbai attacks. Or don’t you still believe it like most Pakistanis.

    Your country is facing attacks, because it is your own doing. Why should your media blame India for what is Sunni muslims killing Sunni muslims in Pakistan?

    I think India should seriously consider sending elementary school teachers, to teach Pakistanis some logic.


  • Umair
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:27PM

    @Water Bottle:
    Pakistan usually accused India for their interference in Balouchistan, which is evident, and Ex Premier Gen. Musharaff shut your reporters once by naming Bramdad and RAW relationship,

    What is happening in balouchistan is not all Shia Sunni, that is funded and Sponsered terrorism against Pakistan and so the story leads to Natural resources there.

    So, please go and study first and open your eyes, melt your hearts for Kashmir then question anyone.


  • Observer
    Jun 19, 2013 - 12:42AM

    A global terrorist, sitting in his comfortable air-conditioned palace and brainwashing illiterate young men to die in Afghanistan, India and rest of the world, is the judge on what is the legitimate jihad!


  • Kailash Sethy
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:20AM

    It’s really astonishing to see this man is a hero to so many Peole. No wonder at the state of affairs of Pakistan.


  • shiv sina
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:54AM

    well we hindus are more extremist than him


  • HulbulKhan
    Jun 19, 2013 - 5:15PM

    Drones are coming for him soon.


  • Jun 19, 2013 - 10:51PM

    This Hafiz Saeed started his jihad in Mumbai and that drifted to Pakistan resulting in everyday murders in Karachi, bombings in Quetta, blasts in Baluchistan, destruction of Hospitals and Schools everywhere, blowing up Jinnah’s residence, mutation to rose petal lawyers, Hope he will continue Jihad till he destroys everything worth calling Pakistan.


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