Lashkar chief, Jamaat head meet
26 November 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Islamabad: A senior leader of Pakistanís Islamist Alliance Muthahida Majlis Amal and chief of the Jamat Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmad has met the founder- leader of the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in Lahore to evolve a joint strategy on Kashmir issue. According to media reports published today, Hussain, whose Jamat-e- Islami was closely involved in Kashmir militancy and has links with various Pakistan based militant outfits, met Saeed at his residence in Lahore yesterday. This was their first meeting after Saeed was released from preventive detention recently. The meeting took place even as India said that there was a spurt in militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir after the release of Saeed from prison. Saeed is also named an accused in the December 13 attack on Indian Parliament. Pakistanís Urdu dailies Jung and Nawa-i-Waqt reported today that Hussain and Saeed held talks on various issues relating to political situation in Pakistan and Kashmir. Saeed is reported to have assured Hussain of extending cooperation at every level and appealed to all parties in Pakistan to unite to thwart Indian ''conspiracies'' to divide Kashmir. Saeed also asked Hussain to play his role in implementing the Islamic system in Pakistan. On his part, Hussain said since the MMA and Jamat-al-Daawa, a religious outfit headed by Saeed have the same stand on Kashmir, both the parties should evolve a joint strategy on the issue.