Lashkar-e-Toiba has tremendous public support in Pak, says Pervez Musharraf

The latest world news state that the former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday said in an interview that Lashkar-e-Toiba enjoys “tremendous public support” in Pakistan and it would be very tough for the Pak government to take action against them.

The former army chief and President was sharing his views with media at a press conference at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Saturday.

He said, “They have tremendous public support and during the earthquake in Pakistan, the best NGO doing welfare for the people was their front organization.”

When asked about Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, Musharraf said he did not agree with the former’s notion of jihad. Meanwhile, Hafiz Saeed is believed to be the mastermind behind 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Pervez Musharraf said, “I think his call to jihad is certainly not correct. I certainly do not agree with that. I think a time has come for reconciliation and in my time, we were on a conciliatory course with India. We were trying to resolve our disputes.”

Further, the former President said that the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was expected to tour Pakistan in 2007 and the two nations would have resolved issues on Siachen and Sir Creek disputes then.

He said that it was false news that the Pakistani intelligence agency was aware that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin-Laden was in hiding there. Musharraf said, “There was no complicity. I am 500 per cent sure. There was negligence… Even the CIA could not see 9/11 happening.”

He said the Pakistani Army wants peace with India and resolution on the Kashmir issues.

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