In quite a unique development, the founder of outlawed outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, has offered humanitarian aid to the United States (US) as it was facing a superstorm Sandy, which has killed over 100 people thus far.
Sandy hammered the eastern United States early, flooding much of New York City, hitting several states with heavy winds and torrential rain and leaving over 100 dead.
Hafiz Saeed is the founder of a Pakistan-based group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Earlier, the US had offered $10 million for the information leading to the terror activities of the JuD chief.
Ina statement issued on Tuesday, the JuD chief said, “Jamaat-ud-Dawa is ready to send its volunteers, doctors, food, medicines and other relief items on humanitarian grounds if the US government allows us.”
“America may have any opinion about us, it may fix bounties on our heads but as followers of the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, we feel it is our Islamic duty to help Americans trapped in a catastrophe.”
JuD is seen as a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which Washington and Delhi blame for the commando-style attacks on India’s financial capital in 2008 that killed 166 people.