Hafiz Saeed urged jihad in UK in 1990's: BBC

File photo of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 10, 2018, 04.54 PM (IST)

A BBC documentary says Hafiz Saeed toured British mosques, where he urged jihad, in the 1990's. 

In August 1995, the documentary says, Saeed said in Glasgow that when Muslims had the spirt of jihad, they had ruled the world but were today being humiliated. 

India thinks of Saeed as the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Saeed though has consistently denied the accusation. 

There is non-stop talk about jihad, encouraging British Muslims to join him,' the BBC reported Sajid Iqbal, one of the documentary's producers, as saying
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The BBC reported that Saeeds tour of the UK was recorded in a magazine published by the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The BBC added that the articles, written in Urdu, were written by the imam of a mosque in Oldham who had accompanied Saeed. 

"There is non-stop talk about jihad, encouraging British Muslims to join him," the BBC reported Sajid Iqbal, one of the documentary's producers, as saying. 

In Glasgow, the BBC said, Saeed addressed a large gathering at Glasgow's Central Mosque. 

There he said the Zionists were using billions of dollars to kill the spirit of jihad -- holy war -- among Muslims. 

"They are trying to entice Muslims to the politics of power through democracy," the BBC documentary quoted Saeed as saying.

"They are also using the interest-based economy to keep Muslims in debt," Saeed added. 

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The BBC reported that Saeed also spoke in Birmingham, where he urged his audience "Let's all rise up for jihad" and denounced "Hindu dogs".

And in Leicester, Saeed spoke at a conference attended by 4,000 young people.

The BBC documentary is called "The Dawn of British Jihad". 

The documentary was investigating whether members of the Muslim community in Britain had been radicalised before 9/11. 

Saeed has never been tried for the Mumbai attacks in which close to 170 people died. He was recently released from house arrest in Pakistan.