Saeed says he differs with US policies, not people
Washington: Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, having offered aid for the superstorm Sandy's victims, says he has differences with the US government policies, but not with its people and will continue to extend "moral support" for Kashmir's liberation.
Wanted in India and the US over 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people, Saeed in an interview with the CNN condemned the attack and lives lost in it, and revealed to have written to the UN and European Union for the clearance of his name in it.
Saeed said he has even offered to cooperate with investigations -- to no avail and until then will continue to provide moral support, but no more, in the cause of liberating Kashmir.
"I condemn this attack and the innocent lives that have been lost," he said. "I don't support this attack or any violence of this kind, but you don't even seem to believe me; I've said it so many times."
Saeed, the chief of Pakistan's Jamaat-ud-Dawa JuD), considered a terrorist organisation by the US, also opted to clarify over his offer for aid for the superstorm Sandy's victims.
"We have differences with the American government's policies, but the American people are only human; we are all human. It's not their fault," he said.
The US government has offered $10 million bounty for information leading to Saeed's capture.
Rejecting Saeed's offer for the Sandy victims, the US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner has said: "This particular offer strikes us as very hollow."
The US State Department describes JuD's mission as the establishment of Islamist rule in India and Pakistan.
To the UN Security Council, Saeed's JuD is synonymous with the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, and he its leader, who also actively supports Al Qaeda and the Taliban.