Send troops to Kashmir, Hafiz urges Pakistan

Islamabad, Aug 16 (IANS) Outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has urged Pakistan to send troops to Jammu and Kashmir to “teach” India “a lesson”.

In a video accessed by IANS, Saeed made an impassioned appeal to Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif at a rally of supporters in Lahore on August 14 — the country’s Independence Day.

“After partition India sent its army forcibly to Jammu and Kashmir to which Quaid-i-Azam (Muhammad Ali Jinnah) told then (Pakistan) Army Chief to respond by sending forces too but he didn’t do so.

“I urge you (Gen Sharif to) follow the command and avenge the brutalities of Indian forces on Kashmiris,” Saeed said.

Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, had earlier warned that he would avenge the killings in the ongoing protest in the Kashmir Valley.

Saeed’s latest statement came as violence escalated in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, taking up the death toll to 65.

–IANS

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