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JuD calls US bounty on Hafiz Saeed's head 'another attack on Muslims, Islam'

April 4, 2012 - Islamabad

Banned terror outfit Jamaatud Dawa has officially condemned the US announcement of a 10 million dollar bounty on its chief Hafiz Saeed, calling it "another attack by the American government on Muslims and Islam"

JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid said the US had offered the bounty due to the Difa-e-Pakistan Council's (DPC) strong resolve against the reopening of NATO supply routes through Pakistan, drone strikes in the country's tribal badlands and trade with India.

Mujahid claimed that the move by the US was politically motivated and it was evident who the US government was trying to gratify.

"Yes, the Americans wanted to please India and they did it," The Express Tribune quoted Mujahid, as saying.

According to the report, leaders of different religious parties in Pakistan condemned the US bounty on Saeed, saying the 'JuD chief is a hero of Pakistan and allegations against him were in fact allegations against the Muslim Ummah and the country'.

Senior leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Khursheed Abbas Gardezi said that this step by the US would only generate hatred amongst millions of Muslims all over the world.

"An attack on Saeed is an attack on Islam and Muslims countries will retaliate in this case soon," the paper quoted him, as saying.

Slamming India for welcoming the US announcement, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) senior leader Ashraf Ali said that India was waiting for this moment.

"We would like to tell India and the US that Saeed and Makki are not hidden anywhere and have been serving Muslims openly," he added.


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