Hafiz Saeed praises Pampore terrorists; leads prayers

| Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 14:46
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Hafiz Saeed, Pampore

New Delhi: A video uploaded by Lashkar affiliate 'Jamaat-ud-Dawah' shows Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed leading prayers for the three terrorists who were recently killed by the Indian Army in Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir. 
Saeed is also seen making a speech against the background of moving images such as smoke billowing from the Entrepreunership Development Institute (EDI) building in Pampore.
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Applauding the "honourable young men and women of Islam in the battlegrounds of jihad in Kashmir", Saeed said: "Last week, there was an impressive attack in Kashmir. The fight continued for three days. There were three mujahideen against thousands of Indian Army personnel.'' 
The funeral prayers were held in Pakistan following a request by the Hurriyat and Dukhtaran-e-Millat's Asiya Andrabi to read eulogies for the "martyrs" in Kashmir, Saeed  stated. 
According to the Indian security agencies, the Pampore attack is the handiwork of LeT. However, no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Up till now, 'Jamaat-ud-Dawah' (JuD) leaders have been supporting the attack on social media platforms. Saeed's backing the Pampore militants strongly asserts that the attack carried out on Indian armed forces was carried out by the Lashkar-e-Taiba  (LeT).  
Both Lashkar-e-Taiba and its charitable organisational front 'Jamaat-ud-Dawah' are banned by the UN Security Council as entities of al-Qaeda. 
On February 20, militants laid siege to the EDI building and the fight with security agencies lasted for more than 48 hours.
In the video, Saeed is also talking about how the Pampore attack has shown that these jihadis are walking on the right path. 
LeT supports al-Qaeda and opposes IS.  

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