Pakistani students slam US-placed bounty

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By V.Tiwari
Date  11 April 2012
Hundreds of Pakistani students have staged a demonstration against the US in Karachi, protesting Washington’s placing a bounty on the head of a Pakistani Islamic group

The students took to the streets on Tuesday to condemn the move against the founder and current chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

On April 2, the US authorities announced that they would offer as much as USD 10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who has been accused of masterminding the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. The attacks left some 160 people dead.

Islamabad says Saeed has been cleared by Pakistani courts of any involvement in the attacks.

The student protesters torched a US flag and demanded an apology from Washington for insulting a Pakistani national.

They believe that Washington is trying to retaliate against Saeed for his public opposition to the US assassination drone attacks on the Pakistani soil as well as potential reopening of the Pakistani routes to the supplies headed for the US-led forces deployed in Afghanistan.

Islamabad shut the supply lines after US-led airstrikes by the Western military alliance of NATO killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border in northwestern Pakistan in late November.

"His crime was that he gathered all organizations and blocked NATO supplies and spoke against drone attacks. When their supplies were stopped and they could not do anything about it, the US began searching for Hafiz Saeed," said Mohammad Ilyas of the Al-Mohammadia Students' Organization.

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