Hafiz Saeed
Hafiz Saeed addressing a rally in Pakistan.IANS File

Jamat ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has slammed the Pakistan government over the arrest of  Jaish-e-Mohammad leaders and associates over the terror attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

Saeed, who was speaking during the Friday sermon at JuD headquarters, said the Nawaz Sharif government had arrested Maulana Masood Azhar and other JeM activists in a bid to "please" India's Narendra Modi government, reported PTI.

"The arrests are regrettable as the Nawaz government is only doing so to please Modi sarkar (government). The arrests will only encourage the Indian government to put further pressure on Pakistan to backtrack it's stance on Kashmir," PTI quoted the JuD chief as saying.

The 26/11 mastermind added that the Sharif government is giving more priority to its friendship with India over Pakistan's national interest.

He also flayed the Pakistani media for supporting the Pakistani government for arrests of JeM members and others in connection with the 2 January terror attack on India's Pathankot airbase.

In another rally, Saeed sparked controversy after remarking that India and Israel are within the range of Pakistan's nuclear weapons.