Pak SC adjourns Saeed's case indefinitely

Pak SC adjourns Saeed's case indefinitely

Hafiz SaeedThe apex court's direction comes two days after India said there was "enough evidence" to continue investigation against the Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief in connection with the 26/11 attacks.

The hearing of two petitions filed by the Federal and Punjab governments had been adjourned indefinitely by the apex court, Saeed's counsel A K Dogar told reporters.

Sources said the move was apparently linked to the resignation yesterday of Punjab's Advocate General Raza Farooq, who was representing the provincial government in the hearings.

The provincial government sought time from the apex court to appoint a new Advocate General and asked for the hearing to be adjourned, sources said.

On July 16, the apex court had adjourned the matter for two weeks following a request from the Federal government that it should be given time to present fresh evidence against Saeed.

Earlier, the Punjab government had threatened to withdraw from the case, saying the Federal government was not cooperating with it. It decided to review its stance after Attorney General Latif Khosa intervened in the matter.

However, Khosa and Interior Minister Rehman Malik have recently said that Saeed cannot be arrested or prosecuted without concrete evidence of his involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

Saeed was placed under house arrest in December last year after the UN Security Council declared the JuD a front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba. He was freed from detention on the orders of the Lahore High Court on June 2.

Home Minister P Chidambaram had stated in New Delhi that India has provided "enough evidence" against the JuD chief in three dossiers it gave to Islamabad.

A fresh dossier of evidence on Mumbai attacks was handed over by India to Pakistan, asking it to expedite the prosecution of Saeed.

The dossier, comprising a seven-page summary and 60 pages of annexures, contains replies to queries posed by Pakistan with regard to investigation and legal process involved in the 26/11 attacks which were carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba, the front outfit of Jamaat-ud Dawa. 

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