Last month, the exiled Musharraf announced the formation of Awami Ittehad, a grand alliance" of 23 parties to contest the 2018 general elections.
Musharraf "proudly" feels LeT and JuD are good for Pakistan
Musharraf, who is living in self-exile in Dubai, said he "proudly" feels that "LeT and JuD are both very good organizations of Pakistan."
He praised their role in relief efforts during the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.
He said there have been no talks with the JuD or Saeed "but if they want to be included in the alliance, by all means, I will welcome them."
Musharraf's statement comes amid Saeed's planned entry into politics
When Musharraf was asked about the global repercussions of his statements favoring the LeT, he replied, "This is our country...we are aware of the internal situation in the country, the people in it and if they are good or bad."
Musharraf believes Saeed is keeping Pakistani youth away from weapons
Musharraf claimed the LeT and JuD weren't "in favor of al-Qaeda or the Taliban" and questioned why the outfits were being pushed "to the wall."
"They have religious followers, youngsters who are religious...They are not terrorists and we should tell (this to) America and the world," he added.
Musharraf said Saeed deserves credit for pushing his followers towards welfare organizations, not "taking up weapons."