Lahore: JuD chief and LeT founder Hafiz Mohd
Saeed has criticised Pakistan government for its "cruel act"
of freeing suspected CIA contractor Raymond Davis following a
"blood money" deal with families of the two men he killed
here, while the country`s religious parties have said they
will organise protests tomorrow.
Davis was freed yesterday under a "blood money" deal
allowed by the Islamic law of `diyat` or compensation but
Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks,
claimed that the Shariah law had been "misused" to free the
Saeed contended that this amounted to a mockery of
"Besides killing two Pakistanis, Davis was involved in a
number of criminal activities in the country. His freedom has
hurt the sentiments of the whole nation," Saeed said in a
statement issued by the JuD.
However, he did not call on members of his organisation
to protest against a Pakistani court`s decision to acquit and
The JuD had been at the forefront of demonstrations
across Punjab province to pressure the government not to
Saeed said it was unfortunate that the government`s
machinery was involved in securing the safe release of Davis
and that the country will not forgive it for its "cruel act".
The religious parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami and
Sunni Tehrik, have announced they will organise countrywide
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan held the federal and
Punjab governments besides the military establishment
responsible for Davis` release.
"The ISI accepted the hegemony of the CIA by facilitating
Davis` escape," he said, claiming that the case was one of
espionage and related to the state and not to the families of
the two men he shot and killed.
"ISI-CIA reconciliation is endangering the security and
integrity of the country. The Punjab government was under US
pressure from day one. The US government`s efforts for
securing Davis` release show that he is an important member of
their spying network," he claimed.