ISLAMABAD - Dozens of activists from a student wing of the banned anti-India Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group have rallied in Islamabad to condemn a recent U.S. ban on their organization.
The protest comes two days after the U.S. State Department designated the Al-Muhammadia Students wing a terrorist organization.
At the Friday protest, Hafzala Ahmed, an Al-Muhammadia Students activist, said that they are being maligned by Washington to appease India. He said they are not linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was founded by Pakistani cleric Hafiz Saeed. India blames Lashkar-e-Taiba for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people.
Pakistan has banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, but Saeed still operates openly in the country.
He often addresses rallies against India on the issue of Kashmir, which is divided between Pakistan and India and claimed by both.