February 07, 2018

Musharraf says open to alliance with terror-designated Lashkar-e-Tayyiba

By Khaama Press - Thu Dec 07 2017, 10:11 am

The former Pakistani president and dictator Pervez Musharraf has said he is open to political alliance with Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), Lashkar-e-Tayyib and its chief Hafiz Saeed.

Musharraf made the remarks during an interview with a local news channel, Aaj News, saying he welcomes the political alliance between him and the two groups.

Musharraf further added that there have been no talks in this regard so far but the are welcome if they intend to start a coalition with him.

The leader of the terrorist-designated Lashkar-e-Tayyiba Hafiz Saeed was released from house arrest late in November.

Since 2012, the United States has offered a U.S. $10 million‎ reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.

Saeed was also individually designated by the United Nations under UNSCR 1267 in December 2008 following the November 2008 Mumbai attack in which 166 people, including six American citizens, were killed. LeT and several of its front organizations, leaders, and operatives remain under both State Department and Treasury Department sanctions.

Washington strongly reacted at the release of the notorious Lashkar-e-Tayyiba leader Hafiz Saeed from the house arrest and warned regarding the repercussions in the event the country did not take any action against him.

The White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. “strongly condemns” the release of Hafiz Saeed from house arrest. She urged his “immediate re-arrest and prosecution.”

Huckabee further added “Saeed’s release, after Pakistan’s failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan’s commitment to combating international terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil.”

“If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation,” she added.

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