Hafiz Saeed, founder of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Tuesday said that India and the United States had recently inked an agreement over increased military cooperation “aimed at Pakistan and China”.
Saeed was speaking at a seminar in Islamabad to mark the 51st Defence Day of Pakistan, Reuters reported. The seminar was organised by Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Defence of Pakistan Council), an alliance of 40 religious and political parties.
"America's issue is China; India's issue is Pakistan. The interest of both has become one because of CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor). This is the basis of their new pacts. This is the preparation for a terrifying war. They believe that if this project of Pakistan and China succeeds, the entire Muslim world will stand beside Pakistan, and the new defence and economic pacts that will take place will oust America not only from this region and the Middle East, but from all important places and waters of the world. America will have to get out of all these places. That is why today, the biggest hurdle before them is Pakistan," said Saeed who now heads the Islamic charity Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD).
The council announced that the movement for the defence of Pakistan, restoration of peace and order in the county and the liberation of Kashmir would continue under all circumstances.
The meeting also discussed the 3,000 kilometres-long China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) worth USD 46 billion and declared that all efforts would be made to ensure completion of the project, despite opposition from certain quarters.
The CPEC is a network of roads, railways and pipelines linking China's west to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.
India has blamed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the group Saeed founded in the 1990s, for the deaths of 166 people during the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, and has called on Pakistan to bring him to justice. Pakistan, however, has asked for more evidence.