LAHORE: Ameer Jamaatud Dawa Hafiz Muhammad Saeed said that Obama’s visit to India was part of a conspiracy against Pakistan and China. “America wants India to stand against China, but India will never comply as it has been exploiting America,” said Saeed.
Saeed expressed his views, on Thursday, while addressing a seminar organised by Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) at the Karachi Shuhada Hall. Saeed said the politics of Pakistani rulers revolved around America and the rulers conceded to anti-Islam policies. He said no international organisation was working on the behalf of Muslims which had led to coercion in Kashmir and the conviction of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. “I have cogent evidence of Aafia’s abduction from Karachi but Pakistani agencies have become the slave of America.”
He said America always imposed war on Muslims and no international organisation had the courage to resist. He said that the Pakistani government must take all parties in confidence before taking any decision about Kashmir. He said according to United Nations resolutions, Kashmir was a disputed area that had been occupied by India.
Ameer Jamaat-i-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan said that America always supported the Indian point of view on Kashmir and could not be an impartial arbitrator. He said, “Obama’s visit to India was a total eyewash. America has always hurt Pakistan in the name of friendship.”
Hassan was speaking at a seminar organised by the Hurmat-i-Rasool Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association on Thursday. The seminar was held to highlight the Kashmir issue, American interference in Pakistani affairs and the conviction of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Hassan said Muslims had been held responsible for every terrorist attack in the world without any investigation or evidence. He said America, with the help of anti-Islamic forces, had placed Muslims in the category of terrorists while in reality America was playing the role of international terrorist under the garb of war against terror. He said America had always violated human rights and dragged Muslim countries into wars.
The JI chief said American oppression and cruelty was the reason behind Muslim extremism. He said Americans never condemned the violation of the religious sentiments of Muslims even when blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet were made and pages of the Holy Quran were burnt.
He said 9/11 showed the complete failure of the American administration but only one man, Osama Bin Laden, was held responsible. Not a single non-Muslim, he said, was punished for hurting Muslims. He criticised the conviction of Dr Siddiqui after an ‘unfair trial’.
He said Pakistani rulers yielded to American pressure and urged them to change their policies.
Hassan said there was a great philosophy behind the slogans of ‘Go America Go’ and ‘No to American slavery’. “We have to change our deeds to end the American monopoly,” he said.
LHCBA Hurma-i-Rasool Committee senior vice president Sardar Mohabat Ali Dogar, secretary Jamil Faizi, bar president Mian Abdul Qaddus, secretary Babar Murtaza, columnist Altaf Hassan Qureshi and Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique also spoke at the seminar.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2010.