Updated at: 1434 PST, Thursday, December 11, 2008
LAHORE: Chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed has said that arbitration of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) could be sought after imposition of sanctions on the outfit by the United Nations Security Council.
Addressing a telephonic press conference here on Thursday, Hafiz Saeed sought to put up a defiant stance, claiming that it was concerned by the international clampdown and would contact the UN to clear its position.
Reacting to the ban imposed by the UN Security Council by a unanimous decision, Hafiz Saeed said, "Jamaat-ud-Dawa has never been involved in terrorist activities and its main focus remains essentially on humanitarian aid activities and education”.
He claimed his group was not involved in the Mumbai carnage but said his organisation would admit its mistakes provided it was proved that it was in any way linked to the attacks, which left a trail of death and destruction.
"We are saddened by the Mumbai attacks but we are not involved in such acts which lead to the murder of innocent people," JuD chief said.
"Our country is a member of the UN and if there are restrictions and if they act according to the law, then it's alright. If it is proved that we have done anything, we will admit it," he added.
Hafiz Mohammed Saeed said the allegations leveled by India against his group at the UN were "baseless and unfounded". India, Saeed claimed, always resorted to "propaganda" against his group.
"There was no operation on any Jamaat-ud-Dawa office. As far as Zakiur Rehman (Lakhvi) is concerned, he is a leader of a Kashmiri group. He should not be linked to Jamaat-ud-Dawa," he claimed.
The Jamaat chief claimed he had never met or seen Ajmal Amir, the lone gunman captured alive by Indian security forces during the Mumbai attacks.