'Jamaat Has No Alliance With LeT'

6 January 2009
The Times of India


Islamabad: Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa, banned by the UN Security Council as a terrorist organisation, on Tuesday claimed that it had no 'alliance' with the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is blamed for the Mumbai attacks. 'We are engaged in educational and welfare activities inside Pakistan while the LeT is fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir,' Jamaat spokesman Abdullah Muntazir said. Jamaat has 'no alliance with LeT,' he claimed in an interview to a private Indian channel, when asked about Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's remarks that the group's members are linked to LeT. 'It is totally misconception,' Muntazir said of Gilani's comments. He alleged that the Indian media was engaged in 'false propaganda' against Jamaat and termed the recent interview of the outfit's chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed to a magazine as 'fake'. 'On the basis of these media reports the US went to the UN Security Council and that (banning of Jamaat) was a biased move by the Security Council,' he said On the whereabouts of Saeed, he said the Jamaat leader is under house arrest in Lahore. The Jamaat spokesman also lashed out at the Pakistan government and said the kind of crackdown it had unleashed on his organisation was not even demanded by the UN. 'It has gone far ahead than what was asked by the UN and has put 10 of our leaders under house arrest', he alleged.