New Delhi, February 21: Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khwaja Asif is facing flak in his own country a day after he called terrorist Hafiz Saeed as threat to his country.
Asif is slammed as “India’s mouthpiece” by Paki political and religious leaders who even called Saeed is “a patriotic leader” reported The News International.
Hafiz Saeed is the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and living in Pakistan. India has long been demanding Pakistan to list it as Terrorist, however Pakistan has not acted before.
However after a deadly attack on a Shrine on February 15, Pakistan acted swiftly to control terror outfits across its western border. Today, multiple suicide bombers attacked a court in Pakistan.
Following terrorist activities, Saeed was put under house arrest on January 30. On Saturday he was listed under Pakistan’s terror act and yesterday Paki Defence Minister in Germany said Saeed “poses a serious threat to society and has been arrested in the larger national interest.”
But the political community acted total berserk by condemning the government’s step. Asif’s statement “makes him sound like he’s India’s defence minister, not Pakistan’s,” said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Mahmoodur Rasheed of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan’s Party PTI.
Rasheed also condemned the statement against Saeed. He added Islamabad has adopted “a defensive policy as far as India and the US were concerned.”
Former prime minister of Azad Kashmir, Sardar Muhammad Attique said government officials like Asif were “issuing media statements to appease India.”
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Liaquat Baloch said the minsiter “has lost control over his tongue.”
Another shocking statement comes from Defence of Pakistan Council chairman Maulana Samiul Haq. He challenged Asif’s statement and said instead he “should have “raised the issue of atrocities by the Indian Army in Kashmir.
Jamaat-ud- Dawa run Saeed’s said it will hold protest rallies across Pakistan against Asif’s statement. Its spokesperson has demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take note of the defence minister’s statement against Saeed.
Meanwhile, Indian government welcomed Pakistan’s decision to name Saeed under the country’s anti-terrorism act.
“Effective action mandated internationally against him and his terrorist organisations and colleagues is a logical first step in bringing them to justice, and in ridding our region of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.