Hafiz Saeed criticises PM's statements in Afghanistan

Published: December 1, 2013
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Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, head of banned Pakistan charity organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), addresses an anti-US rally in Lahore on December 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, head of banned Pakistan charity organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), addresses an anti-US rally in Lahore on December 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI

LAHORE: Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed said on Sunday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ‘controversial’ remarks in Afghanistan were not appreciated.

Nawaz was in Kabul on a one-day visit to Pakistan’s western neighbour to revive the peace process before Nato troops are withdrawn in 2014.

“I have assured my brother President Karzai that Pakistan would continue to extend all possible facilitation for the Afghan peace process,” the Prime Minister had said on Saturday.

“In our view, the key to a sustainable peace in Afghanistan 2014 and beyond is an inclusive political settlement. That is why Pakistan has steadfastly supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process,” Nawaz had stated.

Speaking at a rally held to protest against drone strikes in Lahore, Saeed said that the problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Israel.

The JuD rally participants were carrying flags and chanting slogans against the US, India and Pakistan’s government.

The rally started from Nila Gumbad and culminated near Masjid-e-Shuhada where the leaders of the parties delivered their speeches.

Jamiat ulema Islam-Samiul Haq (JUI-S) leader Maulana Samiul Haq in his address said that continuation of Nato supplies, sectarianism, drone attacks and US intervention were not real problems for Pakistan — the presence of the US in Pakistan was.

He said that non-Muslim countries were “conspiring” against Pakistan, stating that even the US and Russia were now working together.

Haq praised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan’s stance in blocking Nato supply.

DPC rally

Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) demanded on Sunday that the government play its role in opposing drone strikes in Pakistan and also oppose construction of a wall in Kashmir by India.

The council warned that if this was not done, people would resort to taking matters into their own hands.

Various parties of DPC held a protest rally near The Mall in Lahore alongside participants of Jamatud Dawa (JuD).

Correction: A previous version of the story carried a misspelling of ‘Nila Gumbad’. The error has been fixed.   

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  • Babloo
    Dec 1, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Pakistan foreign policy it seems is dictated by the ex-chief of the terror group LeT, Hafeez Saeed.
    “Speaking at a rally held to protest against drone strikes in Lahore, Saeed said that the problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Israel.”

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  • Nadir
    Dec 1, 2013 - 8:51PM

    He said that non-Muslim countries were “conspiring” against Pakistan, stating that even the US and Russia were now working together.

    Yes, no one anywhere else in the entire world has anything better to do.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Dec 1, 2013 - 8:55PM

    With Cockroaches like these making statements without substance, really shows as to their ability to create a generation of fools !
    No wonder no one really trusts or believes this Country anymore !
    This man is responsible for lot of acts of terror and yet he is roaming free, only in Pakistan !

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  • unbelievable
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:07PM

    Saeed said that the problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Israel.
    .
    Get a new line – you wore out this one.

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  • Nikki
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:10PM

    DCO ( Difae council Pakistan), ?
    Then what is the function of the Army of Pakistan.
    Pakistan is suffering becuase of this man and his organization.
    why does he criticise PM, does PM work under him,will he dictate him what should Pakistani PM should say?
    Why is he anti-India?

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  • Akhtarrao
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:13PM

    Hafiz Saeed has set up a parallel force DCO.Pakistni prime minsiter speaks on behalf of Pakistan because he is an elected leader.

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  • Cool
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:17PM

    Oh… These pakistanis are so peace loving by nature…

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  • Rajeve
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:18PM

    Who finances him?
    He must understand that the world is not with him, however, the world will apreciate Nawaz’s policy and his initiative for progress in South Aisa.

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  • Wali
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:23PM

    “…problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Israel”. If ever a statement has made me want to pull my hair out – this is it. The biggest problem of pakistan is the pakistanis ourselves!! Bury our heads in the sand and blame others and we are doomed!!!

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  • Last Word
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:26PM

    The sovereignty of Pakistan is not violated by drone attacks but the same is seriously being diluted as well as tarnishing its image by allowing the terrorists and radical elements to hold rallies and issuing threats against two biggest democracies of the world.

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  • umar
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:26PM

    Can the government authorities just put these lunatics behind bars so that normal peace-loving Pakistanis could work for the development of the country. We should learn from Egypt the way they contained the Muslim Brotherhood. The crackdown by Egyptian Army came despite the fact that 50.0% Egyptians supported the Brotherhood. Before the crackdown there were fears that it might lead to a full blown civil war. However, use of force have deterred people from engaging in a prolonged war. In Pakistan’s case these fanatics don’t even have widespread support. Thus the state should launch a full crackdown on these people and make Pakistan a better place to live. I know some people will disagree with my view on Egypt. I agree that democracy should have been allowed to run. But anyone whether a liberal or a conservative should have no right to encroach on people’s freedom.

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  • Falcon
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:30PM

    As much as I supported PTI in the past, I am really disappointed that because of them, these DPC clowns are again out of the bag and passing the most senseless statements.

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  • Murali
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:41PM

    The fire has surfaced again.
    Thanks for uniting us with your anti india stand.

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  • Imran
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:47PM

    From the little I know, these religious nonsensical, emotional, and ignorant people are factories of conspiracy theories. Their factories of hate work 24/7, so in my humble opinion (one is entitled to disagree) these people have proved more destructive to our beloved country than that of US, India etc.

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  • Murali Mahidhara
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:52PM

    India, Israel, US and European countries should stay clear off the road. Pakistan needs no help in destroying itself.

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  • observer
    Dec 1, 2013 - 9:55PM

    A. Saeed said that the problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Israel.

    B. The JuD rally participants were carrying flags and chanting slogans against the US, India and Pakistan’s government.

    C. He said that non-Muslim countries were “conspiring” against Pakistan, stating that even the US and Russia were now working together.

    This is ‘FANTABULOUS’.

    On one side coalition of the unbelievers- India +US +Israel +Pakistan Government +non-Muslim countries +Russia.

    Annnnd on the other the Believers led by Hafiz Saeed and Fazalullah and IK and Munawar Hassan.

    Errr… Who is the real Emirul Momineen, Please?

    I want my Water Car NOW!

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Dec 1, 2013 - 10:04PM

    the problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Israel”.”even the US and Russia were now working together“. Yes you got it right whole world is against Pakistani policy, not Pakistani people, of supporting various extremist groups just like yours. The silent majority is happy that whole world is with them. The reason have problem with cooperation among civilized world as it is affecting your life style. You make living from hate. If you can not handle the heat than feel free to get out of the kitchen. Door to paradise is always open for you feel free to check out anytime.

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  • Saleem
    Dec 1, 2013 - 10:05PM

    These folks have ripped fabric of Pakistan by exploiting religion and now they are becoming defenders of Pakistan. I will not blame opportunist like him but the people who can see anarchy these people have created in Pakistan but still listen to them.

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  • uzair masood
    Dec 1, 2013 - 10:07PM

    Hafiz saeed is real ameer in Muslims But pl z sport the imran khan.

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  • uet
    Dec 1, 2013 - 10:28PM

    All the Establishment Stooges,PTI, Hafiz Saeed, Qadri etc are coming out, looks like Nawaz is doing something very right.

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  • Neo
    Dec 1, 2013 - 10:32PM

    He should be PRESIDENT of PAK. to make life of Pakistanis more beautiful…

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  • Not Jewesh Bill Maher
    Dec 1, 2013 - 10:53PM

    “Saeed said that the problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Israel.”

    Ok, US and India may be creating all the problems with poor Pakistan, but Israel? I don’t think they give a hoot about Pakistan, good or bad.

    Sad part is the public buys this non-sense.
    ..Just sad for Pakistan

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  • Jibreel Sohail
    Dec 1, 2013 - 10:57PM

    i think its Nila Gumbad not Nila Bumbad

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  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Dec 1, 2013 - 11:10PM

    people would resort to taking matters into their own hands.

    People has no body and no brain. The Body is in the hands of Pakistani politicians and the Brain is in the hands of Pakistani religious leaders.

    Long live the Paple.

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  • arif
    Dec 1, 2013 - 11:48PM

    I think Hafiz sahib is the one who creates fear into hearts of Pakistan,s enemies. Long live Hafiz sahib.

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  • B
    Dec 1, 2013 - 11:48PM

    It is good to see that Pakistanis have finally woken up to know who is really pulling Pakistan down. Keep it and Pakistan will prosper. Congratulations.

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  • Zif
    Dec 1, 2013 - 11:54PM

    Hafiz Sahib and other Maulanas, stop fooling public and do something usefull . Your farce has been exposed. Let us live peacefully……please!

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  • ashar
    Dec 1, 2013 - 11:55PM

    Hafiz is right, the agent brought up in US cannot be NS brother.Recommend

  • Dec 1, 2013 - 11:56PM

    “Saeed said that the problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Israel.”
    Not all of them. We have local issues too, but yes, there are foreign lobbies working very hard to make sure Pakistan doesn’t develop and incompetent leaders are brought to power one after the other.
    i) Droning of peace process was an apparent sabotage and clearly identified who didn’t want Pakistan to prosper.
    ii) Continuous intelligence reports of RAW agents working in the tribal areas suggest that India has a strong hand in this. I don’t know why don’t such news make it to the newspapers?
    iii) Media lobbies continuously engineer the news to divert public opinion.

    “He said that non-Muslim countries were “conspiring” against Pakistan”
    No, against the Muslim world.

    If only my people could understand.

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  • yash
    Dec 2, 2013 - 12:22AM

    @Babloo:
    like india’s policy dictated by a terrorist N Modi and his followers

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  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 2, 2013 - 12:29AM

    @Babloo:
    HMMM, and just how do you know that he is “EX-CHIEF of the terror group LeT”???
    These groups just change their names to continue their (terrorist) activities!

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  • Blithe
    Dec 2, 2013 - 12:40AM

    @umar:
    I don’t know why we must give silly examples of Egypt.

    Egypt has gone back 30 years.
    Please don’t compare it with Pakistan!

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  • Murali
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:59PM

    @arif:
    We are not fool enough to fear him.
    If you say if we hate him, that would ideally suit us.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Dec 2, 2013 - 9:14PM

    This man is still on the street ……
    How and why ??
    This shows the reality of Pakistan .

    Drone him and his supporters ….

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  • Mirza
    Dec 3, 2013 - 1:20AM

    Islamic Republic of Pakistan is neither Islamic, nor true republic nor pak. Whith these strategic assets no elected govt would be allowed to do much for the good fo the people.

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  • PeaceMonger
    Dec 3, 2013 - 4:23PM

    Who sez time travel is not possible? Pakistan is being taken back in time by gentlemen like Saeed Hafiz. Hope they don’t take it too far back. It is not always possible to return.Recommend

  • csmann
    Dec 5, 2013 - 7:36AM

    Jamiat ulema Islam-Samiul Haq (JUI-S) leader Maulana Samiul Haq in his address said that continuation of Nato supplies, sectarianism, drone attacks and US intervention were not real problems for Pakistan — the presence of the US in Pakistan was.
    Brilliant!!whatever it means!!

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