India Will Be Forced To Leave Kashmir Just Like US In Afghanistan: Hafiz Saeed

India Will Be Forced To Leave Kashmir Just Like US In Afghanistan: Hafiz Saeed

13 January 2014
Reuters


Islamabad: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed on Sunday said India will have to leave Kashmir just like the United States has been compelled to pull out from Afghanistan. Saeed said this while addressing at a local media workshop in Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The workshop was organised by Defence of Pakistan Council, an alliance of about 40 religious and political parties. 'America, that did not want to leave Afghanistan, is now forced to leave it. It had long plans in Central Asia. It wanted to change the entire scenario in this region. It had plans to make this region its base and had further big aims. If my God failed it in its plans and now it has been forced to leave Afghanistan, then God willing, India will have to leave Kashmir,' Saeed told the participants of the workshop. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Muslim-majority Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part. The Himalayan region is one of the world's most militarized zones, with India deploying more than 1.3 million troops to quell the rebellion that triggered off in 1989. The U.S and NATO are to withdraw troops fighting the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Hafiz Saeed, a fiercely anti-India, anti-America cleric, heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the humanitarian wing of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is banned in Pakistan and blacklisted by the United Nations. India has accused Hafiz Saeed of masterminding the 2008 attack on its financial capital, Mumbai, where gunmen killed 166 people over three days. The United States has offered $10 million for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group which India blames for the rampage in Mumbai, in the 1990s. He denied involvement in any attacks. The stocky and bearded former professor abandoned the leadership of the LeT after India accused it of being behind an attack on the Indian Parliament in December 2001. Saeed accused India and the U.S of being against Pakistan government's peace talks with the Taliban. 'India and America don't want these talks to take place at any cost. They do not want peace in this region. They have set up plans. They don't want drone strikes to stop so that there be a reason for suicide attacks,' Saeed said. Pakistan has ruled out military action against the Taliban, and promises to persuade insurgents to lay down their weapons through peace negotiations.