India-Pakistan Row May Grow as Lashkar Leader Tries to Found Political Party
16:12 10.08.2017(updated 16:25 10.08.2017)
India is concerned that the launching of the political outfit by Hafiz Saeed, co-founder of terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, may increase cross border terrorism.
New Delhi (Sputnik) – Hafiz Saeed's charity outfit Jamat-ud-Dawa has launched a new political party named Milli Muslim League which aims to convert Pakistan into a "real Islamic state." Jamat-ud-Dawa are the charity outfit of the banned terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. The outfit belongs to United Nations' list of banned organizations.
Meanwhile, India is cautiously watching Pakistani government's response to Saeed's attempt at getting his party registered as a valid political entity in the country.
"They [Hafiz Saeed and his terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba] have been carrying out terrorist activities not only against India but against others in the region and it has been a matter of concern not only for us but for the entire region and beyond," a statement of India's Foreign Ministry reads.
Qamar Agha, a security expert, told Sputnik said that Saeed entering politics will not only become a threat to regional security but also spell doom for democracy in Pakistan.
"Democracy in Pakistan is fragile and if the persons like Hafiz Saeed will enter the politics and become part of the government then it will make democracy in Pakistan more fragile. It is a threat to the democratic regime set up in Pakistan. Hafiz Saeed's political ambition will jeopardize peace in South Asia," Agha said.
Hafiz Saeed is 'most wanted' in India for masterminding the 2008 terror attack on financial capital Mumbai in which 166 people were killed. Relation between India and Pakistan has been on the slide since the attack with India constantly slamming Pakistan for providing "sustenance" to the scourge of terrorism with the aim of destabilizing Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir region has been disputed by India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947. Following several armed conflicts, the two countries agreed to a ceasefire in 2003. Since then, both sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce. The unstable situation in the region led to the emergence of extremist groups.
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