LeT founder criticises Pak govt for freeing Davis

Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 23:02

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
American.

Saeed contended that this amounted to a mockery of
Pakistan`s sovereignty.

"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
free Davis.

The JuD had been at the forefront of demonstrations
across Punjab province to pressure the government not to
release Davis.

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
protests tomorrow.

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.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 23:02

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