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Twitter Blocks Hafiz Saeed’s Account

by AFP
Arif Ali—AFP

Arif Ali—AFP

Jamat-ud-Dawah leader has already made a replacement account and demanded Twitter justify its actions.

An Islamist group designated a terror outfit by the U.N. angrily accused the Indian media on Monday of pressuring Twitter into blocking the account of its leader.

Attempts to access the Twitter page of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of the Jamat-ud-Dawah group alleged to have been behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks, resulted in a message saying the account had been suspended.

“The Indian media is propagating against Hafiz Saeed and the Twitter administration has also been forced by the same Indian media,” said Asif Khurshid, a Jamat spokesman. “Twitter must clarify its position because Jamat-ud-Dawah is a charity and an Islamic welfare organization,” he said.

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment by AFP.

Saeed used his account on Twitter, which was active for several years, to direct messages of hate toward India and express support for the disputed region of Kashmir’s right to self-determination.

Jamat is listed as an alias of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group by the U.N., which has also labeled Saeed an abettor of Al Qaeda and brought sanctions against him, although he has never been convicted of a crime inside Pakistan.

Aside from its alleged role in the Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people, Taiba is active against Indian forces in Kashmir and was blamed for an attack on the Indian consul in Herat, Afghanistan in May. It is also a designated a terror outfit by the United States and the European Union.

Despite being nominally banned by the government of Pakistan, its activists are allowed free movement and staged a major rally in Lahore last weekend.

The party has since made a fresh account with @HafizSaeedJUD1, with its latest tweet announcing: “This is the new official Twitter account of Hafiz Saeed, ameer Jamat ud Dawah—Official Response on Twitter double standards soon.”

In Islamabad on Monday, female students affiliated with the capital’s radical Red Mosque issued a video statement praising the Islamic State group and calling on it to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden. The two-minute clip was uploaded to YouTube, which is blocked in Pakistan, on Nov. 26 and has received almost 3,000 views.

The women belong to the Jamia Hafsa madrassah, which in April named its small library in honor of bin Laden.

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