The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Monday denied British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's charge that it was responsible for the Mumbai terror attack and said the lone terrorist captured alive was not a member of its outfit.
"The LeT rejects accusations by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The LeT denied its involvement in Mumbai attacks but the British Prime Minister levelled an allegation against Lashkar which has no proof," said a press release issued by its spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Ghaznavi.
"Instead of accepting the mistake of his country, Mr Brown blamed a legitimate freedom fighting organisation. Lashkar-e-Taiba condemns this approach of the British Prime Minister and urges the media to stop the blame game."
In his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday, Brown backed India's charge about LeT's involvement in the Mumbai terror strikes in which more than 170 people were killed and said Pakistan had "a lot to answer for" for the attacks that had mobilised the whole world in support of India.
"We know the group responsible is LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba), and they (Pakistan) have a great deal to answer for," Brown said when asked whether Pakistan was doing enough to crack down on anti terror outfits working against India.
The LeT said it was concerned with threats by Indian forces to Pakistan and was observing the situation closely.
"We once again want to make it clear that Lashkar has no relations with the Mumbai attacks and the alleged attacker who is in Indian custody is not a member of LeT," said the statement.
The LeT's spokesperson further said that it was blamed for terror acts that it was never involved in.
"We were blamed for Chattisingh Pura massacre of Sikhs but later it was proved that this crime was done by Indian intelligence. We were also blamed for attack on Indian Parliament and despite our denial this blame is being continuously repeated in media but Indian government knows it very well that Lashkar-e-Taiba was not involved in the said attack,” he said.
He was referring to the killing of 35 Sikhs in Chattisinghpora, 100 km from this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, in March 2000 just before the arrival of then US president Bill Clinton.
“Mumbai attacks are new in the series,” the statement said.
“We want to make it clear to the world community that what we do we openly claim responsibility and this practice will continue in future.”