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Pukhraj’s son says he’s LeT member

The son of renowned Pakistani singer Mallika Pukhraj has shocked people by admitting that he was member of Lashkar-e-Toiba, a militant outfit blamed for most terror attacks in India.

The son of renowned Pakistani singer Mallika Pukhraj has shocked people by admitting that he was member of Lashkar-e-Toiba, a militant outfit blamed for most terror attacks in India.

Retired Major Tanveer Hussain, holding the key post of Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, has hit the headlines by disclosing his LET links during the debate in National Assembly on a Pakistan Army attack on a madrassa. He is one of the six children of the ghazal singer.

Pukhraj died in Lahore in 2004. Such was the impact she made on India that BJP leader LK Advani briefly sang her Abhi to mein jawan hoon (I am still young) during a television interview on his 2005 visit to Pakistan.

“I want to inform the House that I have been a member of this (LeT) organisation,” Hussain revealed during the emotionally-charged debate last week. After his speech, Hussain told The Post newspaper that he was still a member of the LeT even through it was banned in Pakistan.

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“I go to its congregations and deliver speeches,” he said, adding he has no hesitation being part of the militant outfit despite being in government.

Hussain was earlier an activist of Benazir Bhutto-led Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and won the 2002 National Assembly polls on a PPP ticket. He later teamed with several other PPP MPs, who defected to the government ranks to provide stable majority to the ruling pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q).

The Post, in an editorial, has sought Hussain’s removal as Parliamentary Secretary and wanted someone with “impeccable credentials” to replace him. LeT was banned in 2002, after it was named by India of being involved in the attack on Parliament.

First published on: 20-11-2006 at 01:49:04 am
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