The founders of two of South Asia’s largest terror groups held a large rally in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore today. From Reuters:
About 30,000 Islamists staged a protest on Sunday to condemn the United States and show support for Pakistan’s military, which has reasserted itself after a cross-border NATO attack and a controversial memo that has weakened the civilian government.
Speakers included Hafiz Saeed, a fiercely anti-American cleric suspected of links to the group blamed for the 2008 militant rampage in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people.
Also at the podium was Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, known as the father of the Afghan Taliban, who are fighting U.S.-led NATO forces across the border in Afghanistan.
The large number of black-and-white banners of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa seen in the photograph shows that the terror group, which is merely a front for Hafiz Saeed’s Lashkar-e-Taiba, dominates the rally.
It should come as no surprise that the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which was created with the support and encouragement of the Pakistani military, backs said military.
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