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Pak groups have right to use Kashmir issue: LeT founder

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has claimed that Pakistan's radical groups have the "right" to use the Kashmir issue to "teach India a lesson."

world Updated: Mar 25, 2011 18:18 IST

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has claimed that Pakistan's radical groups have the "right" to use the Kashmir issue to "teach India a lesson."

Saeed, who currently heads the LeT's front organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawah, made the remarks while speaking at a programme organised by the Nawa-i-Waqt media group in Lahore on Thursday.

Alleging that India was "facilitating terrorist activities inside Pakistan", he said: "We have every right to use the Kashmir door to teach India a lesson."

He said India should "quit Kashmir as early as possible" as any "delay would prove harmful" for it. Saeed acknowledged that the arrival of the US and its allies in the region after the 9/11 terror attacks had dealt a blow to what he claimed was the "freedom movement" in Jammu and Kashmir.

The US had "pressurised Pakistan and gave India a free hand to erect fences along the Line of Control", he claimed.