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Pakistan Army Chief backs UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, says Mumbai attacks mastermind 'can take up Kashmir issue'

General Bajwa’s statement has raised eyebrows as he tried to equate every other Pakistani with the UN-designated terrorist.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: December 20, 2017 19:23 IST ]
Hafiz Saeed and General Bajwa

In yet another proof of Pakistan Army’s continuing support to  terrorists operating from its soil, its Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa today backed United Nations-designated terrorist and Mumbai attacks mastermind  Hafiz Saeed by saying  that he can play an ‘active role’ to resolve the Kashmir conflict, just like any other citizen of the country. 

According to news agency ANI, General Bajwa made this statement while speaking during an 'in-camera session' of the Senate Committee of the Whole in Islamabad.

"Like every other Pakistani, Saeed can also take up the Kashmir cause," the Pakistani Army Chief said while answering a question about Hafiz Saeed's role in fighting for the country, especially in the context of the Kashmir dispute. 

General Bajwa’s statement has raised eyebrows as he tried to equate every other Pakistani with the UN-designated terrorist.

In further proof of the close nexus between the Pakistan Army and terrorists groups operating from the country's soil, former Army Chief Pervez Musharraf had also said a few days ago that he was that biggest supporter of organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba( LeT) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa( JuD), both founded by Hafiz Saeed.  Musharraf had also expressed his willingness to form an alliance with Hafiz Saeed’s political outfit in elections next year.

"I am the biggest supporter of LeT and I know they like me and JuD also likes me," Musharraf said.

Hafiz Saeed was among the founders of both LeT and JuD. JuD is considered to be the charitable wing of the LeT. 

Meanwhile, The US State Department on Tuesday expressed concern over Hafiz Saeed running for office in Pakistan's general elections next year.

“US would certainly have concerns about him running for office, " State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said while referring to the rise of the Milli Muslim League (MML), a political party backed by Saeed which is a front for the JuD.

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