29 September, 2020

'Taliban Are Like Brothers To Us; Osama's A Mujahid And A Hero'

Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Prof Hafiz Mohammad Saeed is among those who counter Gen Pervez Musharraf's decision to support the US in its operation against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. Excerpts:

'Taliban Are Like Brothers To Us; Osama's A Mujahid And A Hero'
How do you view General Pervez Musharraf’s decision to cooperate with the US in its efforts to capture Osama bin Laden?
I believe the government’s decision of joining the US in its operation against the Taliban is the most unfortunate in the country’s history. It is the duty of the entire Pakistani nation to rectify the mistake the government has committed. Pakistan should not cooperate with the enemies of Islam in nabbing the hero of the Muslim world. We will mobilise the general public against this blunder and prepare them for jehad.

Did your President have any other option?
He should have told President Bush that Pakistan doesn’t have anything to do with either Osama or the Taliban. The Americans should not have resorted to pressure tactics against Pakistan. Nor should Pakistan have bowed to Washington’s pressure.

Do you have any plan to agitate against the government?
There is consensus among the general public that the government shouldn’t cooperate with the US over the Osama issue. If the people of Pakistan decide...



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