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December 22, 2001
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Pak govt has to think thousand times to act against us: LeT

K J M Varma in Islamabad

Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Tayiba on Saturday said that Islamabad would have to think a 'thousand times' before if it decides to take any action against the outfit in response to the US ban on them.

Reacting to reports that the Pakistani government was under tremendous pressure to take action against LeT, Yahya Mujahid, a spokesman of the outfit, said, "The government will have to think a thousand time before taking any action because the people of Pakistan supported it (Lashkar)."

His comments followed reports that the Pakistan government had frozen the assets of Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Umma Taamir Nau, an NGO floated by retired Pakistan scientists, which allegedly had links with Osama bin Laden.

Stating that the US move would not have any affect on it, Mujahid said, "Muslims will continue to support us. They think that we are fighting a holy war against the brutalities and terrorism."

"We posses no assets in Europe or America, neither we have established any network across Pakistan," he said, adding there was no danger for the group as a result of the US ban.

Meanwhile, LeT chief Hafeez Mohammed Saeed said, "We are only promoting education and preaching Islam in Pakistan, so there is nothing wrong with us, which could provide grounds for any action against us."

"We have written a letter to the US Statement Department too some time back inviting their attention towards the fact that the Kashmiri Mujahideen were only waging a 'just struggle' for their right to self-determination... it would be unjust and unwise to impose any sanctions against them," he said.

He said the US decision to freeze LeT's accounts and confiscate its assets clearly shows its tilt towards India, which wanted to 'take advantage' of the developments in Afghanistan.

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