New Delhi, Jan 13: Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed claimed the responsibility of attack on General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor. Hafiz Saeed also said the attack on GREF camp is a fitting reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling ‘surgical strikes’ a lie. Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, boasted that four Pakistani militants carried out attack on GREF camp in Akhnoor and returned ‘safely’, describing the operation as ‘surgical strike’.

Hafiz Saeed has been caught on tape admitting that the attack on GREF camp on January 9 was carried out by his men. “Four young men, day before yesterday in the evening, entered the camp at Akhnoor, Jammu. I am talking about something recent, it’s not an old event, it happened two days ago,” Hafiz Saeed is heard saying in the audio tape, reported Hindustan Times.

“They entered the army camp, the young men say they cleaned up 10 camps of Indian troops and all four of them returned safe and secure, they were not harmed. Yeh eik kirdar hai, yeh hai surgical strike,” Hafiz Saeed is heard saying in the tape running little more than two minutes. Heavily-armed terrorists had attacked the GREF camp early on January 9. Three labourers working for GREF were killed in the terror attack.

Speaking at a gathering of hundreds of JuD operatives at Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Hafiz Saeed said the Akhnoor attack was fitting reply to PM Narendra Modi and ‘surgical strikes’ carried out by Indian armed forces. “Modi also talked about a surgical strike, I had replied to Modi. Nawaz Sharif doesn’t reply to Modi, I reply to Modi, by the grace of God. And he (Modi) only accepts my reply, not the reply of anyone else,” said Saeed.

Hafiz Saeed said Prime Minister Narendra Modi made false claims of ‘surgical strikes’ in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. “I said Modi you made a false claim, Indian troops are being dropped by helicopter and they ran a movie. They are very good at making magnificent movies. Movies are one thing, fighting is another, so they ran a movie about carrying out surgical strikes, we crossed the border and killed 40 jawans of Lashkar-e-Taiba and went back. This was a drama, a film made to fool the world,” said Saeed.

Saeed added, “But you have given an opportunity and the mujahideen will tell you what is a surgical strike…I am telling you about the strike carried out two days ago, in a place like Jammu where they say nobody dares to enter. Four mujahid entered the camp, cleaned up 10 rooms and killed 30 soldiers. They destroyed the camp, burnt it and all four came back safely.”

Soon after India’s surgical strikes in retaliation for a terror attack on an army in Uri last September, Hafiz Saeed had warned the Modi government to get ready to face a surgical strike from the Pakistan army. Hafiz Saeed is designated a front for the LeT by the US and wanted by India for his alleged role in masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.