Lashkar likes me, I like them: Musharraf

Posted November 30, 2017

Saeed, however, said Sharif deserved to be removed for his peace overtures with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

Former Pakistani strongman Pervez Musharraf's declaration that he was always a fan of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist lapdog of the Inter-Services Intelligence, is perhaps a desperate last-ditch effort by a has-been dictator to regain some credibility and power. 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. "America has asked for Hafiz Saeed's re-arrest only because of pressure from India", Waleed told Hindustan Times.

Pervez Musharraf, the former army chief of Pakistan has said that he is the biggest supporter of Lashkar-e-Toiba and added that they like him too.

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

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf has openly expressed his fondness for Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and also boasted about meeting him.

In an interview to Pakistani TV channel ARY News, Musharraf, who is now in exile in Dubai, said he was the biggest supporter of Lashkar and its founder Hafiz Saeed. "They (LeT) are the biggest force, India got them declared as terrorists by partnering with United States". "I was always in favour of action in Kashmir and they (LeT) are the biggest force to suppress Indian army in Kashmir", he said, railing against the fact that "India got them declared as terrorists by partnering with the United States".

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai terror attack in 2008.

Washington had said that the JuD chief's release sends a "deeply troubling message about Pakistan's commitment to combating worldwide terrorism". "I'm sorry if the ex-President of Pakistan thinks the LeT was going to protect Islam". "In Pakistan, we don't call him a terrorist", 73-year-old Musharraf said.