LeT operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six others, being tried in an anti-terror court for involvement in Mumbai attacks, were arrested by the Pakistani authorities with the "sole purpose of pleasing" India, JuD chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed has claimed.
"The truth is that the (Pakistan) government arrested various leaders who endorse 'jehad' in Kashmir and did so for the sole purpose of pleasing India.
These leaders are now enduring in-camera hearings in (an) anti-terrorism court...," he alleged in a letter written on the first anniversary of the 26/11 attacks to TV anchor Hamid Mir who has often espoused support for groups like JuD.
Lakhvi and six others were indicted by the anti- terror court in Rawalpindi for their role in planning and helping execute the attacks. All the accused have pleaded not guilty.
Saeed further said: "My real 'crime' is that I vociferously and comprehensively highlight the Kashmir issue. Kashmir is Pakistan's jugular vein and we can never close our eyes to it."
Though India and the US had succeeded in getting the UN Security Council to impose restrictions on JuD, the group has submitted a "formal request for de-listing in accordance with the rules of the UNSC," Saeed claimed. He said the UNSC and the EU had "contacted us for further clarifications. Our case is still pending at the UNSC." PTI