Lashkar vows to continue jehad despite ban
12 January 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Karachi: Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba today vowed to continue its ''holy war'' in Kashmir despite being banned by President Pervez Musharraf. ''The Government of Pakistan has no right to ban us as we are a Kashmir based group fighting against the Indian forces and we will continue our jihad (holy war),'' Lashkar spokesman Abdullah Sayyaf told AFP. ''Our struggle for Kashmir will continue,'' he said by telephone from an unknown location. Lashkar has been banned without any evidence of its involvement in terrorism, he said. ''We have never been involved in act of terrorism and have always condemned the killing of civilians.'' He also denied the organisation carried out the December 13 attack on the Indian Parliament.