LeT To Ask UN To Delink It From Al Qaeda, Taliban

16 December 2008
Etalaat News Service

Srinagar: Claiming that it had no relationship with the Al Qaeda or the Taliban, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Tuesday said it would request the UN Security Council to delink it from the organisations and ‘assured’ the world community that its struggle was confined only to Kashmir. ‘The Security Council Sanction Committee was constituted under resolution 1267, which covers only those individuals and entities that are associated with Taliban and Al-Qaeda but Lashkar-e-Taiba has no relations with both organizations,’ said a statement issued by its spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Ghaznavi ‘We have our own agenda to liberate Kashmir from Indian occupation and it is a legitimate cause.’ The UN Security Council placed financial sanctions on four members of the outlawed militant group as well as the charitable organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, that Indian and US officials say serves as LeT’s financial front. Included in the new Security Council blacklist announced last week are Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of the LeT, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, its chief of operations, and two finance officials Haji Mohammad Ashraf and Mahmoud Ahmed Bahaziq. ‘We would request the media that renewal of sanctions against LeT on Dec 10 has nothing to do with Mumbai attacks. There is no mentioning of Mumbai attacks by the Sanction Committee in its decision against LeT one must not assume that Security Council acted against Lashkar-e-Taiba because of Mumbai attacks,’ the statement said. ‘Security Council already has de-listed a number of entities and individuals from its list and we hope our case will be studied carefully and without any kind of emotional blackmailing form India.’ ‘The LeT once again wants to assure the world community that our struggle is confined only to Kashmir and we are fighting only against Indian armed forces. The propaganda by Indian government that we have ‘global’ objectives has no base.’ A day earlier, the LeT denied British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s charge that it was responsible for the Mumbai terror attack and also said the lone terrorist captured alive was not a member of its outfit.