New Delhi: Adding fuel to the enflamed relationship between India and Pakistan, the chief of the hardline Jamaat-e-Islami party on Monday denounced attempts by Pakistani politicians to forge friendly ties with India and announced a reward of Rs 1 billion to anyone who â€œarrestsâ€ Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking at a gathering at Rawalakot in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Siraj-ul-Haq said India had not been able to arrest jihadi leaders like Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin even after offering a reward for him.
â€œI want to say to Modi that you and your agents cannot arrest Salahuddinâ€¦ And you say whoever will arrest Salahuddin, we will give him Rs 50 crore. I too say that whoever arrests Modi, we will give him Rs 1 arab (Rs 1 billion),â€ he said.
Haq contended Kashmir is a part of Pakistan and any Pakistani politician who favoured friendly ties with India is a traitor to the country and to the Kashmiris.
â€œAs long as the issue of Kashmir is not settled, whoever talks of friendship with Hindustan, he is a traitor to Pakistan and the Kashmiris,â€ he said.
â€œIf you want the friendship of Hindustan, then go to Hindustan, to Delhi and to Mumbai, there is no place for you in Islamabad.â€
In an apparent reference to the effort by Pakistan to give â€œMost Favoured Nationâ€ status to improve trade ties, Haq said politicians who spoke of such matters â€œshould be ashamedâ€.
Haq claimed Modi was responsible for killing â€œhundreds of civiliansâ€ in Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat. He said Pakistani leaders were turning a blind eye to alleged Indian atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir.
â€œOur relations with India are conditional to Kashmirâ€™s freedom,â€ he said.
The Jamaat-e-Islami has only four parliamentarians in Pakistanâ€™s 342-member National Assembly but wields considerable political influence in several pockets across the country. It has traditionally opposed better ties with India.