Pakistani militant offers US storm aid

2012-10-30 21:28
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed , head of Pakistan's hard line Islamic group of Jamaat ud Dawa. (Aamir Qureshi, AFP)

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed , head of Pakistan's hard line Islamic group of Jamaat ud Dawa. (Aamir Qureshi, AFP)

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Islamabad - A Pakistani militant leader with a $10m US bounty on his head has offered aid to Americans hit by superstorm Sandy.

Hafiz Saeed says his organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is prepared to send volunteers, medicine and food if allowed by the United States.

Saeed said in a written statement on Tuesday that it is a religious duty under Islam to help Americans affected by the storm, even if the US has put a bounty on his head.

The US offered $10m earlier this year for information leading to Saeed's arrest or conviction. He founded Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group blamed for attacks in India's city of Mumbai in 2008 that killed over 160 people.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa is believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was banned by the Pakistani government.

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