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Saeed dares US, says he is not hiding

Islamabad, April 4 (PTI): Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed today dared the US to mount a raid against him like the one that killed Osama bin Laden and accused the Obama administration of “bowing before India”.

Saeed declared that he was not hiding and would inform the Americans himself about his whereabouts. “I am not hiding in caves and mountains, I am here in Rawalpindi,” he told a news conference at a hotel in Rawalpindi.

Saeed addressed the event with other leaders of Defa-e-Pakistan Council, an umbrella organisation of anti-US groups. The media interaction at Flashman Hotel was Saeed’s first since the US offered a reward of $10 million for his capture or information leading to it.

He taunted the US to give him the bounty, offered under the Rewards for Justice Programme, saying he would inform the American authorities about his whereabouts.

The Lashkar chief reiterated claims that the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), an alleged front of the Lashkar, had no links to the 2008 Mumbai attack and there was no evidence against him.

“The JuD is a relief organisation working across Pakistan and there are no restrictions on it. It is unfortunate that the US does not accept Pakistani courts. It is not even ready to accept Pakistan. The US is today bowing before India and speaking its language.”

 
 
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