The terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba's chief Hafiz Saeed was named a global terrorist by the UN Security Council's Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee on December 10, 2008.
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. "I'm sorry if the ex-president of Pakistan thinks the LeT was going to protect Islam". Pervez Musharraf said at that time he did not know much about Hafiz Saeed and the situation at that time was different.
Pervez Musharraf's comments come days after Hafiz Saeed walked free following Pakistan government's decision against detaining him further.
The US has also branded Saeed a terrorist and put a $10 million bounty on Saeed's head after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. "They (LeT) are the biggest force, India got them declared as terrorists by partnering with USA". Musharraf claimed Saeed was not involved in the attack because he "himself denied the charges" of being the mastermind.
He concluded by saying that India has always levelled baseless allegations against Pakistan and criticised India for using force against Kashmiris, adding that the recent attacks were being carried out at the command of Modi's government.
Gen Musharraf during an interview to a Pakistan-based news channel had said that he was the biggest supporter of LeT. Speaking on Pakistan's ARY News, Musharraf also said he liked the global terrorist, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, and that he had met him. "Saeed was the mastermind behind the Mumbai attack that killed hundreds, including 6 Americans".
In January this year, 68-year-old Saeed was recently released after almost ten-month-long house arrest in Pakistan following a court order. "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.
Saeed was placed under house arrest in January while Sharif was still prime minister, a move that drew praise from India, long furious at Saeed's continued freedom in Pakistan.