Pervez Musharraf has openly called himself the ‘biggest supporter’ of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and its founder Hafiz Saeed. Pakistan's former dictator added that he backs the terror group's role in ‘suppressing’ the Indian Army in Kashmir. These comments from 74-year-old retired general who is currently in self-exile in Dubai came days after Hafiz Saeed walked free after the Pakistan government refused to detain him further. The Jammat-ud-Dawa head was under house arrest since January this year.
Musharraf, who recently announced a ‘grand alliance’ of 23 political parties, said he is always in favour of ‘action’ in Jammu and Kashmir and ‘suppressing Indian Army’ in Kashmir. "They (LeT) are the biggest force. India got them declared as terrorists after partnering with the US. Yes, they (LeT) are involved in Kashmir, but in Kashmir, it is between us and India," he told the ARY News. Calling himself the biggest supporter of LeT and Saeed, Musharraf said he knows that he is also liked by the militant group and their leader Saeed in Pakistan.
Musharraf, who came to power in a bloodless coup in 1999, claimed that he was ready to face all charges as the courts are not under ‘Nawaz Sharif's control anymore’. Incidentally, LeT was banned in Pakistan by the Musharraf government. But when asked about it, Musharraf said he banned the terror group under ‘different circumstances’ and didn’t elaborate further.
India, quite obviously, had expressed outrage over the decision to release Saeed, calling it an attempt by Pakistan to bring proscribed terrorists to the mainstream. The government also said that it’s a reflection of Pakistan’s continuous support to non-State actors.
Saeed, who is accused of having masterminded the November 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, was placed on the Terrorism blacklist by the United Nations under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. Saeed has now filed a petition to delist him from the UN list of designated terrorists. The US has already designated him as a global terrorist and has announced a reward of $10 million for any information leading to Saeed.
The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai terror attack in 2008. Musharraf is facing a slew of court cases while he prepares to contest the general elections.Read More