Hafiz Saeed's is rearticulating agenda of terrorists thriving in Pakistan, says home ministry
Hafiz Saeed's comments on Kashmir are nothing but re-articulation of the agenda of terrorists who have 'thrived' across the border, the home ministry said.
New Delhi: Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's comments on Kashmir are nothing but re-articulation of the agenda of terrorists who have "thrived" across the border, the home ministry said on Friday after the founder of the banned JuD terror outfit walked free from house arrest in Lahore.
Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir "is and will remain an integral part" of India, it said that such repeated utterances by terrorists have been given an appropriate response on the ground every time by the law enforcement agencies and the people of the state.
After his release, Saeed said he would gather people across Pakistan for the "cause of Kashmir" and try to help Kashmiris get their "destination of freedom".
Asked about it, a senior home ministry official said, "The principled and consistent stand of the government of India on the issue is that Jammu and Kashmir is and will remain an integral part of India.
"The recent statement of Hafiz Saeed is a re-articulation of the terrorist constituency which has thrived across the border."
Such statements are made repeatedly in the past and each time they have received an appropriate and resounding response on the ground from the people and law enforcement agencies, the official said.
The Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty for his role in terror activities, was freed after the government decided against detaining him further in any case.
He was under detention since January. "I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir," Saeed told his supporters after his release.
This comes after army officials revealed that the new modus operandi to indoctrinate and train Kashmiri youth in militancy was to call them through proper visa channels, rather than having them take the risk of crossing the border illegally.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Shokbaba forest in the Sumblar area of Bandipora in north Kashmir following inputs about the presence of terrorists, officials said
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