Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder and the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed has issued a warning ahead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Pakistan later this week. Singh is scheduled to attend the SAAC ministerial conference in Islamabad on August 3.
Saeed has warned of countrywide protests if Singh arrives.
“I want to ask the Pakistani government will it add insult to injury to the wounds of Kashmiris by welcoming Rajnath who is responsible for the killings of innocent Kashmiris,” Saeed said in a statement.
“It will be ironical as on the one hand the whole Pakistani nation is protesting against the Indian atrocities in Kashmir and on the other hand the Pakistani rulers will be garlanding Singh,” the statement explained.
“If Singh comes to Islamabad on August 3, the JuD (Jamaat-ud-Dawa) would hold countrywide protest to tell the world that the Pakistani rulers might have compulsions to receive Kashmiris’ killers but the people of Pakistan are siding with oppressed Kashmiris,” the statement said.
The Ministry of External Affairs in India has confirmed that the Home Minister will go ahead with his trip as scheduled despite the warning.
“The SAARC meeting is a multilateral meeting. There are some commitments. He is not going to give some message or having a separate meeting with (the) Pakistani Home Minister,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told reporters in Delhi.
The ongoing tension between India and Pakistan peaked when the Indian security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander and Kashmir poster Burhan Wani. Pakistan had protested Wani’s killing by observing a black day. Massive protests had broken out in Kashmir last month post Wani’s killing.
India too warned Pakistan to back off and not interfere in India’s internal matter.
(With inputs from PTI)