New Delhi: Afghanistan has accused Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, wanted by India, of overseeing attacks by Islamic State fighters in the war-torn country. Afghan officials raised the issue during a trilateral meeting of Afghan, Pakistani and US military officials at the defence ministry in Kabul on Tuesday.
During a meeting between Afghanistan and Pakistan military officials in Kabul on Tuesday, Afghan officials alleged that Hafiz Saeed is managing activities of IS in Afghanistan, according to a report in Voice of America. Hafiz Saeed is the founder of outlawed Pakistani militant group Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) and is wanted in the United States and India.
He is wanted in India for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks including the 2008 Mumbai raids that killed 166 people. The United States has a $10 million bounty for information leading to Hafiz Saeed's arrest and says he has ties to al-Qaida.
Pakistani authorities and the Islamist clerics have rejected the US and Indian allegations against him. Islamic State terrorists have recently stepped up their attacks in Afghanistan. Last Saturday, three suicide bombers struck a civilian protest rally in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 others.