The leader of Jamat-u-Dawa Pakistan offered humanitarian aid to the United States as it battles super-storm Sandy.
Sandy hammered the eastern United States early Tuesday, flooding much of New York City, hitting several states with heavy winds and torrential rain and leaving at least 14 people dead.
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the famous leader of the charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), said his organisation is ready to offer every possible help to the storm-hit American people.
“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,”Saeed said in a statement.
“America may have any opinion about us, it may fix bounties on our heads but as followers of the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), we feel it is our Islamic duty to help Americans trapped in a catastrophe.”Saeed’s statement said the charity had carried out relief work in Indonesia and Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.
In April the United States offered $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Saeed, who lives openly in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore.
Saeed’s charity has long denied terror accusations and is known around Pakistan for its relief work in the wake of the devastating Kashmir earthquake of 2005 and the floods of 2010, which were the worst in the country’s history. Here also need to mention that JuD was appreciated and funded by the UN in 2005 when their relief camps were working in far mountains of the Pakistan.
He was put under house arrest a month after the Mumbai attacks, but was released in 2009 and in 2010 as Pakistan’s highest court upheld his release on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to detain him.
Last month Saeed led a number of protests in Lahore against a US-made anti-Islam film.