Sending out a provocative message and boasting of his powers, a defiant JuD chief Hafiz Saeed said that his detention would give a fresh impetus to Kashmiris struggle against India as the Mumbai attack mastermind has been placed under a 90-day house arrest.
Saeed was detained on Monday at JuD’s Lahore headquarters at Masjid Al-Qudsia Chauburji, was later shifted to his Jauhar Town residence which has now been declared as a sub-jail by authorities in Punjab province.
“The government has detained Saeed and four other JuD and Falaha-i-Insanyat (FIF) leaders for 90 days with effect from January 30 but this detention may further be extended on completion of this period if required," an Interior Ministry official told PTI.
Not only this, the government may take further steps against the JuD and its sister organisations in coming days.
Saeed along with 4 other JuD leaders was taken into custody and put under house arrest following order of detention was issued by Punjab Province's Interior Ministry in pursuance to a directive from the Federal Interior Ministry on January 27.
Saeed was however allowed to hold a press conference before he left for his home along with dozens of his supporters amid high police security, said, “My detention order has come from Washington and not Islamabad.”
“If someone thinks that placing me under house arrest will help check freedom movement in Kashmir he is living in a fool's paradise. My arrest will give a fresh impetus to the Kashmiris' struggle against India,” he said.
He further went on saying that if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thinks that he would get respite in Kashmir after his arrest he is seriously mistaken.
“We have declared 2017 a year of solidarity for Kashmiris,” he said adding that all programmes planned for February 5 will be held across Pakistan and PoK. He vowed to challenge his house arrest in Lahore High Court.