The mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed, has been made to bite the dust, right inside his bastion of Pakistan, at least by Pakistani voters.
Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek (AAT), backed by Saeed and his family, failed to score anything in the general elections. While former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has emerged as the favourite to become the next prime minister, the militant-cum-politician couldn’t find any takers.
Pakistan's public seems to well understand Saeed, who preaches what he doesn't practise. (Photo: Reuters/File)
Saeed's Milli Muslim League, which was denied registration as a political party, had fielded 265 candidates under the banner of AAT, a dormant political party that was already registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Saeed’s son Hafiz Talha Saeed and son-in-law Khalid Waleed were among the contestants.
But none from the family, or the party, emerged victorious. Why?
Well, more than a militant commander who co-founded Lashkar-e-Taiba, Saeed has long been seen as a “motivational speaker” on jihad. His every word on “Islamic war” is enough to lure many a Muslim youth to pick up guns, barring only his own Talha and Khalid.
For Saeed, this charity of making youth “fight for the cause and die for it” doesn’t begin from home, although it extends will into other countries.
In July 2016, a few days after Hizb commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed in a gunfight in Kashmir, Saeed made a startling revelation. Sitting back in Pakistan, he claimed to have fulfilled the last wish of the poster boy of new age militancy in Kashmir. Addressing a rally, Saeed said Burhan had phoned him to say that “his (Wani's) last wish was to talk to me (Saeed)”.
“A few days before his death, Burhan Wani told me over a phone that it was my desire to talk with you. Now my desire has been fulfilled, and now, I am waiting for martyrdom,” Saeed had said.
After wishing Burhan his desired-death, Saeed got busy planning a life for his son and son-in-law in politics.
While extensively quoting Quran in his “motivational speeches”, Saeed — the man who lives life to the fullest even at 68 and heads the UN-designated terror outfit Jamaat-ud- Dawa — seems to be missing verses like these from the holy book. Allah says in Surah As-Saf, Chapter 61, Verse 2: “O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?”