US to Hafiz Saeed: No thanks
A terrorist leader with a $10 million US bounty on his head had offered aid to Americans hit by Superstorm Sandy.
Hafiz Saeed said his organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa was prepared to send volunteers, medicine and food to those on the East Coast who were struggling to cope in the aftermath of Monday night’s ferocious storm.
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. However, following the militant’s offer, the US Embassy in Islamabad posted on their Twitter:
“We respect the Islamic tradition of help to the needy, we can’t take Hafiz Saeed’s offer seriously. Saeed is wanted for involvement in the Mumbai attacks, which killed 166. JuD is a UN&US-designated terrorist org.”
124 The number of people who have died
5 mn Number of people in the dark
$20 bn Total financial losses to American economy
19,500 Number of flight cancellations