London: The founder of a self-declared Pakistani charity, Hafiz Saeed, who has been accused of having masterminding the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai by India and US, has once again denied the sanctions on his organization.
While being interviewed by BBC representative, he said that US is pinpointing Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) to win India’s favor in Afghanistan. The US alleges the JuD is a front for the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba and has offered a $10 million reward for the arrest of Saeed, who is accused of being a leader of both the groups. Saeed revealed that America’s ban on JuD was ‘dictated’ by India.
“America always takes decisions based on Indian dictation. Now it’s imposing this new ban because it needs India’s help in Afghanistan. I had nothing to do with the Mumbai attacks and Pakistan’s courts said all India’s evidence against me was just propaganda.” Saeed said BBC in Lahore.
Moreover, he asserted that the bounty of $ 10 million over his head doesn’t worry him.
“The people of Pakistan know me, and they love me. No one has tried to approach the American authorities to get this bounty. My role is very clear here, and God is protecting me.”
On asking the question by BBC that whether he was an impediment to good terms between India and Pakistan, he replied, “India makes me an issue to divert attention from Kashmir, which is the real issue. Kashmir should be free and India must withdraw its hundreds of thousands of troops who are occupying the territory and give Kashmiris the right to decide their future. We are not the obstacle to better relation.”