January 2003 News

Hafiz Saeed Asks Followers To Continue Fight

21 January 2003
The News International

Muzaffarabad: Stay steadfast in the battlefield and God willing Kashmir will be free of Indian occupation, founder of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba Hafiz Muhammad Saeed said on Tuesday. Addressing at a 'spiritual training' programme in Kotli, he told members of Jama'at al Dawa, his new organisation, to dedicate themselves for Jihad. 'I am sure that this Jihad will intensify with every passing day,' he said. A spokesman for the Jama'at said former commander of Lashkar, Abdur Rahman Makki also urged the Jama'at activists to devote their lives to Jihad. 'Leave your other engagements. Continue paying attention to the movement. I know these are difficult times, but this is a temporary phase and will pass away in few months,' Makki said with confidence. 'We regret that the Pakistan government has forgotten Kashmir under the dictates of the US and imposed restrictions on Jihadi groups,' he said.


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