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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 726

Hafiz Saeed warns of violence in Kashmir

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 12 January (Asiantribune.com):

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, , said India was trying to destabilize Pakistan and predicted violence in Kashmir region could get "ugly".

"We do not want any force to be used or any military operation for this. But the Indians are opting for the other alternative," Saeed said in an interview on Friday.

Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the 1990s, the militant group which India blames for the rampage in Mumbai, where terrorists killed 166 people over three days. He denies any wrongdoing and links to militants.

He denied Indian press reports that he had been inciting action against the neighboring country just before the recent outbreak of the worst violence in Kashmir since both neighbors agreed a ceasefire nearly a decade ago.

In the third fatal attack in Kashmir this week, a Pakistani soldier was killed on Thursday by "unprovoked" Indian fire, a Pakistan army spokesman said.

He was shot while manning a post in the Battal sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two sides by a heavily fortified border known as the LoC, the spokesman said.

Saeed accused India of trying to disrupt the peace process with Pakistan and dragging its feet on the long-standing issue of Kashmir. "This is their usual practice. Betraying the international community and destabilizing Pakistan," said Saeed. "And that's what they are doing this time."

India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to bring Saeed to justice, an issue that has stood in the way of rebuilding relations between the neighbors since the carnage in Mumbai.

India is furious that Pakistan has not detained Saeed since it handed over evidence against him to Islamabad. Washington has offered a reward of $10 million for information leading to Saeed's capture.

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