Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:15:00 GMT | By Reuters

Kashmir violence could turn "ugly" says Hafez Saeed

Saeed accused India of trying to disrupt the peace process with Pakistan and dragging its feet on the long-standing issue of Kashmir


Kashmir violence could turn "ugly" says Hafez Saeed (© Reuters)

Islamabad: Pakistani Islamist leader Hafez Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai massacre, said India was trying to destabilise Pakistan and predicted violence in the disputed region of Kashmir could get "ugly".

"We do not want any force to be used or any military operation for this. But the Indians are opting for the other alternative," Hafez Saeed told Reuters in a telephone interview. Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the 1990s, the militant group which India blames for the rampage in Mumbai, where gunmen killed 166 people over three days. He denies any wrongdoing and links to militants.

He denied Indian press reports that he had been inciting action against the neighbouring country just before the recent outbreak of the worst violence in Kashmir since the nuclear-armed neighbours agreed a ceasefire nearly a decade ago. In the third fatal attack in Kashmir this week, a Pakistani soldier was killed by "unprovoked" Indian fire, a Pakistan army spokesman said.

He was shot while manning a post in the Battal sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two sides by a heavily fortified border known as the Line of Control (LoC), the spokesman said.

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