Former president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday declared that he is the greatest supporter of proscribed militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
The declaration of support for LeT, Jamaatud Dawa and its chief Hafiz Saeed, who was recently released from house arrest, was made during a discussion pertaining to Musharraf’s recently announced 23-party ‘grand alliance’ on ARY News programme 11th Hour.
During the talk show, the host pointed out that it will be “an interesting visual” to see Musharraf ─ “enlightened moderation, liberal outlook” ─ sitting next to leaders of parties such as Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen, Sunni Itehad Council and Pakistan Sunni Tehreek ─ “parties with religious colors.”
“You are describing me as a liberal […] Yes, I am. These are my thoughts,” the former president said. “That does not mean I am against all religious parties.”
“I am the greatest supporter of LeT and I know they [LeT and JuD] are fond of me,” he said.
When asked if he “liked” JuD chief Hafiz Seed, the former president said that he does and that he has met with him.