'I'm Lashkar's biggest supporter, they like me too', says Pervez Musharraf

Support Lashkar-e-Taiba’s intrusions in Kashmir have met Hafiz Saeed Musharraf

In an interview to Pakistani TV channel ARY News, Musharraf, who is now in exile in Dubai, said: "I am the biggest supporter of LeT and I know they like me and JuD (Jamaat-ud-Dawa) also likes me".

"They (LeT) have not admitted it".

The US has sought immediate re-arrest of Saeed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act.

Also, Pervez Musharraf claimed Saeed was not involved in Mumbai Terror attack of 2008 because Saeed denied the charges.

"We had banned LeT because the situation was different at that time".

"I am the biggest supporter of LeT and I know they like me and JuD also likes me", said Musharraf, referring to both groups founded by Saeed. Saeed was also put under house arrest after Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 but he was freed by a court in 2009. "They (LeT) are the biggest force, India got them declared as terrorists by partnering with U.S.". "We were moving towards peace and as such I thought we should reduce "mujahids" and increase political dialogue and frankly I had very less knowledge about him", said Musharraf.

When asked that his government had banned the LeT in Pakistan in 2002, after the attack on the Indian Parliament, Musharraf said he didn't know much about Saeed then. "They are our biggest force", Musharraf said.

"Hafiz Saeed should definitely be freed".

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.

Dogra Front and Shiv Sena (DFSS), Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday demanded declaration of Pakistan as a terror country and appealed to the United Nations to cancel the petition of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

In January this year, 68-year-old Saeed was recently released after almost ten-month-long house arrest in Pakistan following a court order.



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