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"I have never met Kasab": JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

world Updated: Feb 17, 2010 21:53 IST

Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the Mumbai attack mastermind, on Wedneday claimed that he has never known Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman in the carnage in 2008.

"I never saw him (Kasab). In fact, it was from media in India that I discovered he was a Pakistani national," Saeed said in a rare interview to Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel in Lahore.

"I have never met Kasab nor have I ever known him and I have said this on many occasions. This is baseless propaganda without an iota of truth," the venom spewing leader of Jihadi outfits said.

Saeed said this when asked to comment on Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram’s remarks that Saeed had personally coordinated training for the Mumbai attacks and gave Kasab the new name of Abu Mujahid.

JuD is the front organisation of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is accused by India of executing the 26/11 strikes that killed 166 people, including foreigners.

He also said allegations against him of plotting attacks in India are "baseless".