KARACHI - Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Pakistan Chief Prof Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said on Monday that international conspiracies were behind political unrest in Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference at Markaz Taqwa Gulshan-e-Iqbal here, Saeed opined that political uncertainty in the country was also the result of ignoring the Kashmir issue. “PML-Nawaz and opposition parties should jointly initiate a campaign for the independence of Indian held Kashmir, instead of exchanging blows over corruption,” he asserted.

JuD Karachi Chief Dr Muzamil Iqbal Hashmi and others were also present on the occasion. Drawing attention toward Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir, Saeed said that people of the valley had been facing injustices, oppression and cruelty for decades now.

He said that the Kashmiris had so far sacrificed thousands of lives in their struggle for freedom.

 “Thousands have been forcibly taken away by Indian agencies,” he added. “Furthermore, the occupied Kashmir has suffered worst violence after the death of Burhan Wani,” he said, and added, “The endless imposition of curfew has also created shortage of food while the Indian army has not spared the women whom it has arrested in hundreds.” He demanded the government to send a relief convoy to Kashmir.

Talking about the confrontation between PML-N and PTI, Saeed said that both these parties had been busy in maligning each other for a long time now. “This atmosphere of hostility resulted in incidents such as the attack on Police Training College in Quetta,” he argued.

He counseled both these parties to avoid increasing rifts and resolve the issue through a dialogue.

To a question about a missile attack on Makkah Mukarma, he said that the enemies had targeted the most respectable and holy place for Muslims.

Terming it a conspiracy against Islam, he urged the Islamic countries to come on one page for the sake of Islam. To another query about PTI’s Islamabad lock down, Saeed advised Imran to avoid doing this.

 “The government should also show maturity in resolving the issue instead of further worsening the political atmosphere.