Pak court drops two cases against Hafiz Saeed


Hafiz Mohd Saeed. File photo

A two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court said Saeed could not be charged under the Anti-terrorism Act as his outfit was not banned in the country.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said on several occasions that the JuD has been banned, but official sources have told PTI that no formal notification has been issued so far to proscribe the group.

The court pronounced the order in response to a petition filed by Saeed last month in which he had challenged two First Information Reports registered against him by police in Faisalabad city of Punjab province under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Fifty-nine-year-old Mohd Saeed was booked for allegedly inciting people to wage ‘jehad’ against infidels and seeking funds for the JuD during speeches he made in Faisalabad in August.

Saeed, also the founder of the banned Lashker-e-Toiba, was placed under house arrest in December last year after the UN Security Council imposed restrictions on the JuD. He was freed on the orders of the Lahore High Court in June.

In Bangalore, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said, “we are insisting that Saeed was the brain behind the Mumbai attacks and the Government of Pakistan must conduct an investigation and bring to justice all those responsible for it”.

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