Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, has been seen lately in pictures with Abdullah Gul, the son of former ISI chief Hamid Gul. Pakistan’s Hamid Gul, also known as godfather of terrorism, who died last year was a known supporter of Hafiz’s operations against India. It was during that time Lashkar-e-Taiyaba found a new voice of terror. His son Abdullah Gul is the link now between ISI and other terror outfits. He has been very vocal in his speeches against India, sharing the stage with Hafiz. He was also seen with Hizbul leaders. In pictures released by INDIA TODAY Abdullah is also to be seen with Naseer Khan Janjua who is the country’s National Security Advisor. Hafiz who has been leading marches like “Kashmir Caravan” among many, against the killing of Burhan Wani, is a leading anti-India campaigner. He is known as the mastermind for joining terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiyaba, against India. Pakistan has always been in a denial about his activities.
Saeed in the past few months has been leading marches under Difae Pakistan Council. It is council of outfits who are typically against India and the US, and Hafiz focusses on that group in order to stay relevant, as Pakistani government which was under pressure after Mumbai attacks to isolate itself from the terrorist, couldn’t alienate a group full of anti-India parties. An articulate speaker, Abdullah is a known face among diplomats and politicians, and is an important member of the council and a supporter of Saeed. He is a key facilitator in keeping Hafiz relevant for the media in Pakistan. Once Al Jazeera’s research associate, Gul, spoke out against India’s friendship with USA’s Obama goverment, INDIA TODAY reported. Owing to his father’s position in the country he too has access to government agencies, making him a big asset to the council.
Without the man who has called for ‘Jihad’ against India, Hafiz has less power in the country, and it is quite understandable if without him LeT would have such a hold in Pakistan.