Dec 16 2014
The large turnout of voters in Kashmir, ignoring the boycott call of the pro-Pakistani elements, must have come as a big disappointment to the Pakistan government and jihadi outfits
Hafiz Sayeed, chief of Jammat-ud-Dawa, convened a two-day convention at Lahore on December 5 and 6. He claims to have paid Rs 50 lakh for the arrangement of special trains to transport supporters. Hundreds of buses were also used to bring people to the rally. Hafiz announced that the rally was meant to promote unity in Pakistan against India's alleged efforts to destabilise Pakistan “through terrorism and sectarianism”.
It is well known that right from the time of the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008, Lashkar-e-Toiba and its twin organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, headed by rabid jihadist Hafiz Sayeed, have been working for the Pakistan army and the ISI with the full backing of the Pakistani government itself.
It is obvious that the large turnout of voters in Kashmir, ignoring the boycott call of the pro-Pakistani elements, has come as a big disappointment to the Pakistan government and terrorist organisations. By holding the convention and talking of India's "atrocities" in Kashmir, the jihadi organisations want to demonstrate that the people of Pakistan are not happy with the way the events have taken place in Kashmir.
Both Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa have been specifically mentioned by the US government as violent terrorist organisations allied with Al-Qaida as well as Haqqani's Taliban. The US had announced a bounty of $10 million for any viable evidence against Hafiz Sayeed. A spokesman of the US government had also said that any assistance given to Hafiz Sayeed or his organisation would be termed as a violation of the UN Security Council's resolutions.
On an appeal by Hafiz Sayeed, the Punjab High Court in Pakistan has directed the Pakistan government to take up the matter with the US government and get the $10 million offer cancelled. The Pentagon of the US came out with a report in October that militants in Pakistan continued to infiltrate into Afghanistan and India with a view to destabilising these countries. A former Chairman of the US Joint Chief of Staff told the US Congress that Pakistan's ISI and army were backing Lashkar-e-Toiba which had attacked the Indian Consulate in Herat.