Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. — Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai massacre, on Friday said India was trying to destabilise Pakistan and predicted violence in the disputed region of Kashmir could get “ugly”.

“We do not want any force to be used or any military operation for this. But the Indians are opting for the other alternative,” Saeed told Reuters in a telephone interview on Friday.

Saeed had founded the Lashkar-i-Taiba (LT) in the 1990s, the militant group which India blames for the rampage in Mumbai, where gunmen killed 166 people over three days. He denies any wrongdoing and links to militants.

He denied Indian press reports that he had been inciting action against the neighbouring country just before the recent outbreak of the worst violence in Kashmir since the nuclear-armed neighbours agreed a ceasefire nearly a decade ago.

In the third fatal attack in Kashmir this week, a Pakistani soldier was killed on Thursday by “unprovoked” Indian fire, a Pakistan army spokesman said.

He was shot while manning a post in the Battal sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two sides by a heavily fortified border known as the Line of Control (LoC), the spokesman said.

Saeed accused India of trying to disrupt the peace process with Pakistan and dragging its feet on the long-standing issue of Kashmir.

“This is their usual practice. Betraying the international community and destabilising Pakistan,” said Saeed. “And that's what they are doing this time.”

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since becoming independent from Britain in 1947, two of them over the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Relations had shown signs of improving in the past year after souring again in 2008 after the Mumbai bloodshed.

Both governments have expressed anger over the latest Kashmir attacks even as senior officials sought to calm fears that right-wing groups could seize the opportunity to derail years of diplomatic rapprochement.

India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to bring Saeed to justice, an issue that has stood in the way of rebuilding relations between the neighbours since the carnage in Mumbai.

India is furious that Pakistan has not detained Saeed since it handed over evidence against him to Islamabad. Washington has offered a reward of $10 million for information leading to Saeed's capture.

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yusuf khan
January 11, 2013 3:06 pm
This man is a real crook. He is a killer and thinks that he can do any good to Pakistan. He was directly responsible for the murder of 166 people in Mumbai. He sent sons of desparate and poor parents to commit the most heinous crime and then get killed. Why did n't he send his own children for that.
Dr Khan
January 11, 2013 12:30 pm
Hafiz Saeed must be a happy man as the tension between pakistan and india is rising. Because this is what he needs for his bread and butter, more funds and more youth for recruitment. We, the people of pakistan and india are quite unfortunate for having such war mongers on both sides of the border.
Rajeev Nidumolu
January 11, 2013 3:50 pm
As long as people like Hafiz Saeed are tolerated and used as force multiplier in asymmetric covert warfare no peace is possible in subcontinent. Proliferation of fringe leaders and groups indicate the failure of central authority in the state.
January 11, 2013 6:24 pm
If you want more distrust and destabilization of relationship between Pakistan and India then continue to glorify the rantings of this character and give him importance by printing his picture. Who is he? What's his official position in the government?
January 11, 2013 3:03 pm
Who is this man? What position he holds in Pakistan's govt ? Isn't his organization banned by UNSC ? Giving space and importance to irresponsible utterances of such elements is unfortunate.
vijay, chennai
January 11, 2013 12:30 pm
Hafiz is threatening india. Let him first stop his own people from being killed like what happened in quetta
January 11, 2013 2:06 pm
What else can we expect from someone like you....nothing positive
January 11, 2013 5:33 pm
“We do not want any force to be used or any military operation for this. But the Indians are opting for the other alternative,” Saeed told Reuters in a telephone interview on Friday. And a few days back this very guy was telling a rally that only force can get Kashmir back from India. Is he confused or is he confusing every one?
January 11, 2013 2:14 pm
Why should India bother to destabilize Pakistan, when Pakistan is systematically destabilizing itself. An ignorant and corrupt society, ruled by a corrupt government and administered by a corrupt bureaucracy will inevitably implode one day.
January 11, 2013 3:08 pm
This guy is , i think, not only dangerous , but very very dangerous . People like these can act as a crab in muddy water . If he is a responsible citizen of the country , then he should be worried about the recent happenings in pakistan. He shouldn't comment like these.
January 11, 2013 1:30 pm
pakistani saint !
A Shah
January 11, 2013 11:29 am
The only thing ugly is this guy’s intentions. He is a foreign agent trying to destabilise Pakistan and is part of a big conspiracy. This guy is controlled by the foreign hand.
January 11, 2013 8:24 pm
that is exactly what he is blaming India for........
January 12, 2013 12:51 am
.I think by now the Security establishment would have realized that just like there is no good Taliban ,there are no good Terrorists(freedom fighters?)The more this hate monger is tolerated more Quetta's will happen.Wake up Pakistan
January 12, 2013 1:50 am
He is aiding Pakistan in its trying times and responsible for its development through his charity .... ???
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