Mumbai blast mastermind delivering provocative speeches across border, says BSF

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 26 (ANI): Border Security Force Inspector General Rakesh Sharma on Thursday said militant organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief “Hafiz Muhammad Saeed had been delivering provocative speeches in militant base camps” across the International Border (IB) with Pakistan and Line of Control (LoC) to wage a war against India.

Saeed was mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attack, in which 166 people were killed.

During a news conference in Jammu district, Sharma said there was an increase in provocative speeches in militant-base camps.

“Off and on, he has been heard somewhere in Sialkot sector and other places. He keeps roaming throughout Pakistan. But according to a report last year, he was close to the IB in the Sialkot sector. At present, we are getting no reports of his being close to the border. But we have been getting reports that he is indoctrinating and motivating terrorist groups to do something,” said Sharma.

Sharma said the movement of Saeed across the IB was an indication that he was backed by the Pakistan Rangers and their army.

He, however, the biggest problem from the neighbouring country was infiltration. “Pakistan has been using people with criminal records and convicts, who have been facing death sentences,” he added.

Militant violence remains a problem in Kashmir, although the level of violence has come down since 1990s when an armed revolt against the Indian rule erupted. India accuses Pakistan of training and arming rebels and infiltrating them into the part of Muslim-majority Kashmir that it controls, a claim its neighbour denies.

“If Hafiz Saeed can openly and without any hindrance can operate in the border area, it’s a clear indication of involvement of Pakistan’s security forces. It’s very simple and it is evident also. If they are interested to maintain peace and tranquillity on the international border, they will stop him,” Sharma added. (ANI)

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