"This (LeT and JuD) is the biggest force and they have been declared terrorists by India and the U.S. jointly", Musharraf said. "America has asked for Hafiz Saeed's re-arrest only because of pressure from India", Waleed told Hindustan Times.
On previous occasions too, General Musharraf had denied that Hafiz Saeed's JuD or LeT was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack that left 168 people dead.
Speaking at a news television programme on late Tuesday night, Musharraf said, "I am the greatest supporter of Lashkar and I know they (Lashkar and Jamat-ud-Dawa) are fond of me". "They (LeT) are the biggest force, India got them declared as terrorists by partnering with U.S.". 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.
Referring to the situation in Kashmir, former Pakistan President said, "I was always in favour of action in Kashmir and of suppressing Indian Army there. I'm sorry if the ex-President of Pakistan thinks the LeT was going to protect Islam". He also answered "yes" on being asked if he likes Saeed, adding, "I have met him".
The US has sought immediate re-arrest of Saeed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act. Washington had also announced a bounty of $10 million for the banned JuD leader. His organisation JuD has already been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the USA in June 2014.
Saeed, however, said Sharif deserved to be removed for his peace overtures with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
The timing of this remark is significant, as it comes days after Saeed was released from house arrest by a Pakistani court.
"I feel sad that a man of his integrity, who has been the chief of the Pakistan Army as well as the president, has praised something like this".
Last time he returned from overseas in 2013 to contest elections but had to face a tough time due to several cases.
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