Kashmir violence could turn ugly: Hafiz Saeed
Islamabad, Jan 11: Jamaat-u-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attack, Friday said India was trying to destabilize Pakistan and predicted violence in the Kashmir region could get “ugly.”
“We do not want any force to be used or any military operation for this. But the Indians are opting for the other alternative,” Saeed told Reuters in a telephone interview on Friday. Saeed had founded the Lashkar-i-Taiba (LT) in the 1990s, the militant group which India blames for the rampage in Mumbai, where gunmen killed 166 people over three days. He denies any wrongdoing and links to militants.
He denied Indian press reports that he had been inciting action against the neighbouring country just before the recent outbreak of the worst violence on Kashmir border since the nuclear-armed neighbours agreed a ceasefire nearly a decade ago.
Saeed accused India of trying to disrupt the peace process with Pakistan and dragging its feet on the long-standing issue of Kashmir.
“This is their usual practice. Betraying the international community and destabilizing Pakistan,” said Saeed. “And that’s what they are doing this time.”
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since becoming independent from Britain in 1947, two of them over the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to bring Saeed to justice, an issue that has stood in the way of rebuilding relations between the neighbours since the carnage in Mumbai.
India is furious that Pakistan has not detained Saeed since it handed over evidence against him to Islamabad. Washington has offered a reward of $10 million for information leading to Saeed’s capture.
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