Hafiz Saeed warns of Pathankot-like at­tacks

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Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed has praised the ter­ror strike on Pathankot air­base and warned In­dia of more at­tacks ahead of the Kash­mir Sol­i­dar­ity Day on Fe­bru­ary 5.

Saeed, who heads the Ja­maatud-Dawah, made the re­marks while ad­dress­ing a rally in Pak­istan-oc­cu­pied Kash­mir on Wed­nes­day. He also lauded Syed Salahud­din, the head of the United Ji­had Coun­cil, which claimed the at­tack in Pathankot that killed seven peo­ple.

In­dia ex­pressed grave con­cern at the ac­tiv­i­ties of Saeed on Thurs­day and asked Pak­istan to rein in the in­ter­na­tion­ally des­ig­nated ter­ror­ist . Claim­ing that In­dian troops in J&K were “com­mit­ting geno­cide”, Saeed said: “Don’t they have a right to carry out Pathankot-style at­tacks for their de­fence?”

He told the gath­er­ing that “free­dom fight­ers” on the Pak­istani side of the bor­der “would not sit idle and see this hap­pen­ing”. He added: “You have only seen one at­tack on Pathankot. Mat­ters could eas­ily es­ca­late.”

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