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30 November 2017, 01:50 | Myrtle Vega
FREE MAN Hafiz Saeed was released by Pakistan despite his alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks
When asked about the ban, Musharraf said that he wanted to give the peace process with India a chance, referring to his "four point formula" for resolution of Kashmir issue. The world, including the United Nations, was observing culpable silence over India's use of banned weapons, he said and urged the Pakistan government to come out of its slumber and end its apathy on this crucial issue and raise its voice at worldwide forums.
"I am the biggest supporter of LeT and I know they like me and JuD also likes me", ANI quoted Musharraf telling Pakistan's ARY News. Musharraf claimed Saeed was not involved in the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 because Saeed "himself denied the charges" of being the attacks' mastermind. Lashkar-e-Taiba are involved in Kashmir but in Kashmir it is between us and India. "This is the biggest force and they have been declared terrorists by India and the USA jointly", Musharraf said, explaining his stance. They (LeT) are the biggest force, India got them declared as terrorists by partnering with USA, " he added.
It can be recalled that the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head Hafiz Saeed, who carries a Dollars 10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, walked free on Friday after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case.
The US has sought immediate re-arrest of Saeed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act. The former Pakistani dictator also said he has met LeT founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who is also the 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind.
Over 160 people died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
The declaration of support for LeT, Jamaatud Dawa and its chief Hafiz Saeed, who was recently released from house arrest, was made during a discussion pertaining to Musharraf "s recently announced 23-party 'grand alliance" on a private TV channel programme. "I would never accept this", Musharraf said.
Meanwhile, influential Democratic lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard termed as "ridiculous" the release of Hafiz Saeed from house arrest.
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