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Violence in Kashmir Will Escalate, Warns LeT’s Hafiz Saeed

The Lashkar-e-Taiba founder has demanded that the US must intervene in the decades old Kashmir dispute.

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Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba – in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press – has warned that violence in Indian-ruled Kashmir will escalate.

Hafiz Saeed, designated a terrorist by the US with a $10 million bounty on his head, added that he will lead nationwide protests in Pakistan to force its government to sever ties with the US if it cannot convince Washington to intervene in the decades old Kashmir dispute.

At least 31 people have been killed in Kashmir amid recent street protests after Indian troops last week killed Burhan Wani, a charismatic Kashmiri insurgent.

Militants are demanding that the Himalayan state of Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan, be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

7:47 PM , 14 Jul

America is Supporting This Oppression by India: Saeed

Saeed in the interview, which took place on Wednesday at his home in the eastern city of Lahore, said,

America is supporting this oppression by India by saying it is an internal matter. This has given India encouragement and because of this the killings and violence will continue. 

A Pakistani national, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was the only person arrested in the Mumbai attacks. Kasab testified that he received training at a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp in Muridke, located outside Lahore, where Saeed now lives.

Kasab, who was hanged in India in 2012 for his part in the attacks, also said Saeed was among the inspirational speakers that would visit the training camp.

India has repeatedly demanded Pakistan arrest Saeed but when he has been detained, his incarceration has been brief and Pakistani courts, including its Supreme Court has cleared him of terrorism charges

Many times I have been arrested on the order of America and India... (but) the Lahore high court freed me and also my organization saying we were innocent of terrorism charges and did not participate in any terrorist activities.
Hafiz Saeed

(With AP inputs)

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Published: 14 Jul 2016, 6:05 PM IST
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