Hafiz Saeed
Hafiz Saeed. [File photo]Reuters

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, accused of being the main conspirator in the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, on Wednesday praised the January attack at the Pathankot Air Force base and warned of further escalation. 

Saeed also accused Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of suppressing Kashmiris and called the Pathankot terror attack a repercussion. 

"You have only seen one attack on Pathankot. Matters could easily escalate," Saeed said during a rally in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Wednesday, according to AFP

"800,000 Indian troops are committing genocide on Kashmiris. Don't they have a right to carry out Pathankot style attacks for their defence?" he questioned. 

Hafiz Saeed's latest statement is likely to further raise tensions between India and Pakistan, which called off talks scheduled last month following the Pathankot terror attack. 

In November last year, Pakistan had placed a ban on media coverage of Saeed's JuD group. However, despite the ban, Saeed appeared on a talk show last month during which he hit out at the Nawaz Sharif government for falling to "pressure" from India and the United States to take action against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). 

India has accused the JeM of perpetrating the 2 January Pathankot terror attack that left seven Indian security personnel dead. 

Saeed warned of more "repercussions" on the lines of the Pathankot attack.  

"Modi should realise what Kashmiris want. Why is he suppressing them by the force of his Army. It is quite natural that when something is suppressed, then repercussions are felt from various directions," Saeed said on Wednesday.