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Will Not Stop Fighting For Kashmir, Dare Pakistan Govt To Arrest Me: Hafiz Saeed

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| February 6 , 2018 , 10:49 IST

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks, addressed a rally in Pakistan's Lahore on Tuesday, daring the Pakistan government to arrest him, but that he will not stop the fight for Kashmir.

"If the Pakistani government wants to arrest me...come and go for it but I will not stop dedicating 2018 for Kashmiris," Saeed said.

"We will emerge more strongly if you try to suppress us," he added.

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Hafiz Saeed also criticised ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for not playing an active role on the Kashmir issue, claiming that he would help Sharif become PM again if he helped with the 'freedom' of Kashmir.

"We may initiate efforts to make you (Sharif) prime minister again if you pledge to work for freedom of Kashmir," Saeed said.

In November 2017, Hafiz Saeed was released from house arrest by the Pakistan government, citing a lack of 'evidence', however, he continues to be listed as a designated terrorist by the United Nations and as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' by the US. His organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) for which JuD is considered to be a front, both are on the UNSC sanctions list.

Pakistan has been criticised internationally for its perceived inaction towards safe havens for terrorists on its soil, with the US suspending nearly $2 billion aid to Pakistan in January 2018.