LeT chief hails Shinde's remark - The New Indian Express

LeT chief hails Shinde's remark

Published: 22nd January 2013 08:04 AM

Last Updated: 22nd January 2013 08:04 AM

Hafiz Saeed, chief of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit, on Monday quoted Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s alleged “Investigative Report” to claim that “Hindu terrorists” were to blame for the terror strikes on Indian soil.

Shinde had made headlines in December when he referred to LeT chief as “Shri” Hafiz Saeed.

“We consider this a help from Allah for Pakistan which is always blamed by India for terrorism,” he tweeted.  Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, said Shinde had finally blurted out the truth and the world should take notice and declare India as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The LeT chief, one of the world’s most wanted men and who figures in Washington’s list of global terrorists, carries a bounty of $10 million on his head.

Saeed also tried to twist the Home Minister’s  remark by posting his “Chintan Shivir” speech on the social networking platform. The LeT chief called upon the US  to take note of Shinde’s speech which exposed India’s secular image. Saeed said innocent Pakistanis were killed in the Samjhauta  blast in which an Indian Army Colonel was involved and it was now being corroborated by the country’s Home Minister. “The world should take immediate notice in an unbiased manner and ban these ‘terrorist organisations’ -- the RSS and the VHP, he added.

Furthermore, he lauded Islamabad’s stance that the conditions were not feasible for granting most favoured nation(MFN) status to New Delhi, which had admitted to terrorism infrastructure on its soil. Jamat-ud-Dawa(JuD), a banned organisation headed by Saeed, also hailed Shinde in a tweet.

“Shinde is honest it seems; when it comes to exposition of India’s major security threat.”

Indian security and intelligence agencies have always maintained that  Saeed played a key role in the 26/11 attacks and several dossiers containing evidence of his involvement were handed over to Pakistan. He is also suspected to have played a major role in beheading a soldier by Pakistani Army regulars along the Line of Control (LoC) on January 8.

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