Day after JuD launches new party, 1000 Muslim cleric urges UN action against Hafiz Saeed

A day after Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa sets stage to enter the political space by launching its new party Milli Muslim League, over 1000 Muslim clerics and imams have today passed a resolution against the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack. Passed at a gathering at the Madrassa Darul Uloom Ali Hasan Ahle Sunnat in Mumbai, the resolution further demands punishment for JuD and other Pakistan-based terror outfits for their anti-India activities.

The clerics have passed the resolution to the chair of the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee chief Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, also marking a copy to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). As reported by the Times of India, Dr Abdur Rahman Anjaria, the chief of Mumbai-based NGO Islamic Defence Cyber cell was quoted saying, “Hafiz Saeed and the terror outfits he heads are threats to global peace. He calls India enemy number one but he is the enemy of Islam and humanity.”

Earlier, in 2015, Anjaria had initiated the world’s largest fatwa, which was signed by more than 1000 Indian Muslim clerics and imams, against the Islamic State. Seeking UN intervention in the matter, the fresh resolution stated that at least 60 terror outfits operate from Pakistan. ToI quoted Maulana Mohammed Hashim Ashrafi, patron of Madrassa Darul Uloom Ali Hasan Ahle Sunnat claiming that the Indian clerics were “”morally bound to oppose those who kill or support the killing of innocents in the name of Islam. It has been proved beyond doubt that Hafiz Saeed instigates youths to violence. We must oppose him and the ideology he propagates.”

Accused by the United States of being a front for the anti-India militant group which staged the2008 Mumbai attack in the country, Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa is now entering the political space with the introduction of a new party in Pakistan. Milli Muslim League, the newly formed party will be following the ideology of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) which allegedly is the front of the banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, run by Hafiz Saeed who is alleged to be the mastermind of the tragic Mumbai attack, which killed 166 people.

As reported by the Reuters, JuD activist and the spokesperson for the newly formed party, Tabish Qayoum said, “We have decided to make a new political party, so that Pakistan is to made a real Islamic and welfare state. It is now need of the hour to get your message to the grassroots.”

JuD officials further claimed that the charity is not a front of LeT and touted that the group’s activities are examples of Islamic charity. The spokesperson also asserted that Hafiz Saeed, who is under house arrest in Lahore and other JuD figures won’t be actively involved in the newly formed political party. Reuters quoted the party Chief Khalid saying, “We demand an immediate release of Hafiz Saeed. Once he is released we will seek his guidance and ask what role he wants in this political party.”

By Priyam Mukhopadhyay

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