Pervez Musharraf 'biggest supporter' of LeT, Hafiz Saeed

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The former president also categorically denied that LeT was involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks for which India blamed Pakistan.

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". Perhaps Musharraf sees an opportunity to cosy up to the outfit he once banned as president in January 2002, after the LeT and JeM were implicated in the attack on India's Parliament in late 2001.

"Ridiculous-Not only did Pakistan give refuge to Bin Laden, responsible for attacks against United States on 9/11, Pakistan set free a terrorist who has a $10 million American bounty on his head". He also answered "yes" on being asked if he likes Saeed, adding, "I have met him".

Acknowledging that the JuD and LeT were waging a "jihad" to liberate Jammu and Kashmir from India, Musharraf said: "Yes, they are involved in Kashmir and I support them".

He also said that he likes Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed for his "role" in Kashmir.

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Recently released Jamaatud Dawa (JD) chief Hafiz Saeed said that India is violating the worldwide human rights laws using "chemical weapons" against Kashmiris to suppress their freedom struggle.

Mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed, who was released from house arrest in Pakistan on November 24, would have to wait for his name to be removed from the United Nation's list of designated terrorists till the world body gets an ombudsperson to hear his petition. "Saeed was the mastermind behind the Mumbai attack that killed hundreds, including 6 Americans", tweeted the first American Samoan Hindu member of the US Congress.

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

"The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes", the State Department said in its statement.

The US government has already warned Pakistan of "repercussions" on US-Pak ties if Hafiz Saeed is not re-arrested.