LAHORE - Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has declared Nawaz Sharif a ‘traitor’ for having friendly relations with Pakistan arch rival India.

This was his first public appearance following months long house arrest as he addressed his supporters during Friday prayers at Jamia Qadsia, the JuD headquarters.

He said that ousted Prime Minister deserved to be removed for developing personal ties with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, according to Hafiz Saeed, was worst enemy of Muslims. “Nawaz asks why he was removed? I tell him he was thrown out for sidelining Kashmir issue and developing friendship with the killers of thousands of Muslims,” he said.

The JuD chief accused India of funding and fuelling extremism and terrorism inside Pakistan.

He said that a plethora of evidence clearly substantiate that India has been involved in series of terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan.

“Peace is impossible to be restored and maintained unless notorious elements such as Kalbushan are present in the Pakistan. To get rid of all of such evils must be at the top of our priority list,” he asserted.  He urged the government to re-evaluate its priorities and policies regarding India. Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest when PML-N President Nawaz Sharif was the Prime Minister of the country.

A large number of people offered Juma prayer led by him at Jamia Qadsia where he received a warm welcome on his arrival. His followers showered rose petals on him and chanted slogans in his favour.

Hafiz Saeed will also address a Press conference on Saturday (today) to announce his future strategy.  “Restrictions, detentions and unwanted steps against Jamaat-ud-Dawa have been part of the government policies for a quite long time. But, we will never be afraid of such kind of restrictions and continue our support to the people of Kashmir. We have to work for Allah Almighty’s sake,” he said.

Terming Pakistan a gift of God, he said that country was incomplete till the freedom and merger of Kashmir with it. “Freedom of Pakistan is surety of Kashmir’s independence,” he declared.

He called United States a usurper and oppressor. He said: “Pakistani Foreign Minister asked US that you had been defeated in Afghanistan and because of it you are angry on us. When Pakistani PM will state that Afghanistan is the country of Muslims, Afghan’s issue would be solved the same day.”

Meanwhile, reacting on US State Department statement, JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid called Hafiz Saeed peace-loving personality and supporter of humanity. He said that Hafiz Saeed has had nothing to do with extremism and terrorism.

“Pakistani courts are free and independent. US anxiety over their decisions is interference in internal affairs of Pakistan.” Yahya said that Hafiz Saeed had condemned and refuted Mumbai attacks.

US had offered $10 million as an award for giving information regarding Hafiz Saeed. But it cannot find any proof against Dawa chief for last five years, he added.