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26/11 mastermind Saeed free to talk in Pak
Published on 17 Feb. 2010 11:22 PM IST
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Hafiz Muhammed Saeed, leader of the banned charity group Jamaat-ud-Dawah, is supposed to be facing trial in Pakistan and under the restraint of authorities. He is in fact quite free. India blames Saeed is for masterminding the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai that left at least 166 people dead and hundreds wounded. Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist captured during the terror strike in Mumbai, has allegedly told Indian authorities that Saeed planned every detail of the deadly attack. Saeed, in an interview to Al Jazeera correspondent Kamal Hyder in Lahore, rejected India’s allegations and denied that he knew Kasab. “I never saw him. In fact, it was from media in India that I discovered he was a Pakistani national. “I have never met Kasab nor have I ever known him and I have said this on many occasions. This is baseless propaganda without an iota of truth.” Saeed claimed India had rejected his offer to have a dialogue on Kashmir. “I never said no to dialogue - that is propaganda. I have always talked about having open dialogue, but it needs to be productive, it needs to obtain results,” Saeed said. “India has never had a sincere interest in opening dialogue. When they do, it is because of national interest. If India wants to restore confidence in opening dialogue with Pakistan, then India must accept Kashmir as a core dispute.”

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