Pervez Musharraf Pakistan's former president says he support LeT and Hafiz Saeed

Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf also said the LeT “was not involved” in the 2008 Mumbai attacks

"Time has come to start finding ways of talking with Pakistan and finding a solution which will be in the interest of people of Pakistan, India and the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh", he said. He also said that the Pakistan government should wake up and raise its voice at worldwide forums for this crucial issue. Pervez Musharraf said at that time he did not know much about Hafiz Saeed and the situation at that time was different.

Referring to Saeed's house arrest in Pakistan, Musharraf said, "Let me surprise you".

Saeed, the co-founder of LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief, was freed by a Pakistan court after 297 days of house arrest.

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

Pakistan's former president General Pervez Musharraf said he is the "biggest supporter" of Lashkar-e-Taiba and accepted that the militant group is active in the Kashmir valley. "They are the biggest force (LeT), India got them declared as terrorist by partnering with the USA".




When asked about whether he likes JuD chief, Musharraf said: "Yes, I have met him, even recently.I have always been in favour of action in Kashmir, and I've always been in their favour, that in Kashmir we must pressure the Indian Army and this (LeT) is the biggest force".

The US had also branded him a terrorist and put a United States dollars 10 million bounty on his head after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

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. "Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi.

Last Friday, the White House said there would be repercussions for US-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge the JuD chief for allegedly masterminding the Mumbai attacks.

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