JuD is the front for the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit which is responsible for numerous terror attacks in India, including the Mumbai terror strike of November 26, 2008, which was masterminded by Saeed.
Interestingly, it was the Musharraf government that banned LeT in Pakistan in 2002.
Over Washington's official statement on Hafiz Saeed, he said the statement was written in a highly offensive language and termed it an "insult to Pakistan's sovereignty". "We were moving towards peace and as such I thought we should reduce "mujahids" (religious warrior) and increase political dialogue and frankly I had very less knowledge about him", said Musharraf.
While asking about the LeT's founder and 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf said he support Saeed and also supports his involvement in Kashmir. They (LeT) are the biggest force, India got them declared as terrorists by partnering with United States, " he added.
On previous occasions too, General Musharraf had denied that Hafiz Saeed's JuD or LeT was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack that left 168 people dead.
Gen Musharraf during an interview to a Pakistan-based news channel had said that he was the biggest supporter of LeT.
The US had also branded him a terrorist and put a Dollars 10 million bounty on his head after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
The US has sought immediate re-arrest of Saeed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act. Only yesterday, the LeT chief moved the United Nations seeking removal of his name from the list of designated terrorists.
"I don't think Saeed was behind the 26/11 attacks".
In January this year, 68-year-old Saeed was recently released after almost ten-month-long house arrest in Pakistan following a court order.
The timing of this remark is significant, as it comes days after Saeed was released from house arrest by a Pakistani court.
When the Lashkar and JuD chief was just 90 days into his 10-month detainment, Musharraf had asked then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to free him and claimed that his JuD was a "very fine NGO" that is engaged in relief work.