The Hush Post: Calling himself the “biggest supporter” of the Lashkar-e- Taiba and its founder chief Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf has asserted that he backs the terror group’s role in “suppressing” the 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, a Pakistan news channel . Interestingly, the LeT was banned in Pakistan by the Musharraf government. When asked about it, Seventy four-year-old Musharraf, who is on self-exile in Dubai, said he banned the terror group under “different circumstances” without elaborating further. Musharraf, who recently announced a ‘grand alliance’ of 23 political parties, also said he was always in favour of “action” in Jammu and Kashmir. Musharraf is facing a slew of court cases after returning from five years of self-exile in Dubai to contest the general elections in 2013 which he lost.
Musharraf’s comments are significant as Saeed was freed from house arrest a few days back, after being under arrest since January this year. His arrest was widely interpreted as an attempt by Pakistan to ward off pressure from the Donald Trump administration that had just taken charge as the US President and had expressed his anti- Muslim stand quite openly.
In May 2008, the US Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a specially designated global terrorist and the US has declared a bounty of $10 million on his head since 2012. Saeed was also individually designated a terrorist by the United Nations following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.