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Lashkar-e-Taiba's Hafiz Saeed Speaks

5:31 PM, Dec 6, 2008 • By BILL ROGGIO
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Hafiz Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba leader who is wanted by the Indian government for his involvement in last week's Mumbai terror assault, has given an interview. Saeed, the founder of Lashkar, denied involvement with the group, claiming he relinquished his leadership after the Pakistani government banned the group. The interview demonstrates how Saeed lies about his connections to terrorist groups:

Q- The Indian authorities allege that you are still being backed by the ISI [Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence agency] and your group is linked to al-Qaeda?

A- They can say anything. I am not bothered about what they say. I will keep spreading the message of Allah Almighty despite all pressures, knowing fully well that the Indians will continue to mislead the world community by linking us with Lashkar-e-Taiba, with the ISI and even with al Qaeda.

Here is what Saeed said in 2001 after the September 11 attack on the United States:

The LET will not allow the Pakistan Government to hand over Osama bin Laden to the USA. Osama bin Laden is a Muslim and thus we will not allow the Pakistan Government in any condition to hand him over to the USA. Protection of Osama is the duty of every Pakistani Muslim. No one can stop the jihad in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine. It will continue.

Saeed's Lashkar-e-Taiba and an alphabet soup of terror groups continue to operate from within Pakistan despite their clear connections to international terror groups. When Prime Minister Gilani and President Zardari deny the Pakistani government was not behind the Mumbai attacks, they are technically correct--the civilian government vey likely did not order this attack. But Pakistan's unwillingness to root out these terror groups and the ISI's sponsorship of these groups ultimately makes the nation of Pakistan responsible for the terror attacks consistently emanating from its soil.