Commuters suffer as supporters of Hafiz Saeed protest


LAHORE: Protests Tuesday erupted in the city as supporters of Jamaat ud-Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafiz Saeed blocked Mall Road at Charing Cross, putting traffic to a standstill.

Supporters accused the government of acquiescing to the wishes of the United States, which has a $10 million reward for information leading to Saeed’s arrest, and India.

Police detained Hafiz Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group that India blames for the bloodshed in Lahore on Monday night. “This government has buckled under the pressure,” JuD spokesperson Nadeem Awan said.

Another spokesperson, Farooq Azam, announced protests in Karachi by “different religious and Kashmir leaders”.

In recent months, Saeed has been holding regular press conferences about the security crackdown in Indian-Occupied Kashmir, castigating a crackdown against the mainly Muslim population there.