New Delhi: While Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's remarks on Hindu terror landed him in a major controversy, 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed praised him for his statement.
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Saeed said Shinde has finally spoken the truth.
"World should take notice and declare India a state that is supporting terror on its soil after its Home minister Shinde candidly confesses. Shinde has spoken Truth finally, we consider this a Help from ALLAH SWT for Pakistan which is always alleged by India for Terrorism," Saeed tweeted.
"Innocent Pakistanis were killed in Samjhota Express, Indian Colonel was involved and their Home Minister is endorsing the involvement. World should take immediate notice in an unbiased manner and Ban these terrorist organizations #RSS #VHP #Shinde," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Saeed tweeted: "The Diplomatic hypocrisy is coming towards its end and reality of true Indian character is being known to the world. #Shinde. Pakistan rightly said that conditions are not feasible for giving #MFNto #India that has admitted terrorism infrastructure on its soil."
Terror outfit JuD tweeted: "We appreciate #Media, rightly judging the enormity of Indian ministers confessional statement."
Meanwhile, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson Ram Madhav on Monday criticised Shinde for his claims on Hindu terror and said his remarks have made him the 'darling of real terrorists'.
"Today Jamat ud Dawa etc congratulated Shinde. Now he has become d (the) darling of real terrorists," Madhav tweeted.
Madhav said Shinde's remarks were helping 'our enemies'.
"It is Shinde who is helping our enemies by such statements. Now even LeT welcomed his statement I am told," he said.
"Hafeez Saeed 'saheb', Osama 'ji', Dawood 'bhayya' r so happy with Congress for declaring Hindus as terrorists. Jai Ho Grih Mantri of Bharat?" Madhav tweeted.
Shinde on Sunday sparked a major row as he accused the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their ideological patron RSS of promoting Hindu terrorism in India in their training camps, inviting some angry reactions from the parties he blamed.
"On one hand we are trying to restore peace in India and looking into injustices on minority or stopping infiltration while on the other hand the training camps of BJP or RSS are looking after promotion of Hindu terrorism in their camps," said Shinde speaking at the Congress Chintan Shivir (Brainstorming Conclave) in Jaipur on Sunday.
Later when pressed for clarification, he told media that what he said is nothing new but had come out in media many times.
"I have spoken about saffron terrorism only. What I said is nothing new and they are all over the media," he said.
Many Congress leaders like Mani Shankar Aiyar supported Shinde and said he was telling the truth and commended him for speaking out the truth.
"I agree with him hundred percent and Shinde dared to speak out openly about the conspiracy to promote Hindu extremism," said Aiyar.
Speaking to media, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said: "The Home Minister has said the same things which I have been saying since last so many years....Earlier, everybody said I was mad but now I have been proved right. I am happy."
"A terrorist is not a Hindu, Muslim or Sikh," he said.
The BJP earlier condemned Shinde's remarks and said he was trying to divide terrorism between Hindus and Muslims.
BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said: "It is unfortunate and we condemn such an irresponsible remark by the home minister who is trying to divide terrorism between Hindus and Muslims. This is not something that is good for India."
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Home Minister is trying to divide the nation for narrow political gains.