As representatives of every political hue deliver speeches to seek the support of the Pakistani voter in the nation’s general elections scheduled for May, Lashkar-e-Tayiba’s ameer, Hafiz Saeed was out delivering firebrand speeches of his own as well. Addressing the Jihad-e-Hind Conference on April 9, 2013 at LeT’s Muridke headquarters in Punjab, Hafiz Saeed declared a war on India and warned of attacks inside Indian territory.
He also blamed Pervez Musharraf for supporting the U.S.’s war in Afghanistan and acquiescing to drone attacks along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. This is the second time since February 2013 that Hafiz Saeed has publicly called for jihad against India, while taking comfort over having “vanquished the retreating forces of America and its allies.” Excerpts of his speech, as published by Nawa-i-Waqt, follow:
Pervez Musharraf must answer for his involvement in the Lal Masjid attacks and U.S. drone operations that have resulted in the deaths of 7 lakh Afghan and 30 lakh residents of the border areas. One can only pity Musharraf given his current state of affairs, but Pakistan is yet to learn its lessons from his misplaced policies. Even today in Islamabad, there are people like Musharraf who, instead criticizing the U.S., India and Israel, denounce the mujahideen for being involved in “terrorism” in Pakistan.
The U.S., India and Israel are playing a dangerous game in Balochistan. They aim to capture Gwadar so that they can control strategic routes to the Gulf and West Asia. India must be made to pay the price for its continued occupation of Kashmir. Pakistan is yet to avenge the losses of East Pakistan, Hyderabad (Deccan) and Junagadh. Pakistan must also avenge the attacks on the Samjhauta Express and Babri Masjid.
Our leaders in Islamabad plan to grant India MFN status, while the Indians are conspiring with Sindh nationalists to create a Sindhudesh to further dismember Pakistan. India’s media does a good job in covering up India’s many sins, while Pakistan’s media has done nothing to expose them. India’s list of crimes is very long indeed. We have incontrovertible proof of the atrocities India has committed over the years.
There are some misguided people in Lahore who have been fooled into believing that the people of Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab share a similar culture. These people must think long and hard on whether this is indeed true. We build friendships with friends, not with enemies. Is India really our friend? It has illegally occupied our lands. It dams our rivers to destroy our agriculture and turn Pakistan into an arid desert.
Let India pay attention: “jihad-e-Hind” — a war against India — will be launched. This war will be contested inside Indian territory and no one can save it from annihilation. Even the RSS and BJP cannot save India from its fate. The mujahideen have taken on and defeated the Americans and their allies. India’s fate will be no different. [نوائے وقت]
Little wonder, then, that there are now jihad-e-Hind billboards in Pakistan’s cities.