Pak court seeks Def Ministry response on Saeed`s 26/11 plea
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 20:02
  
Lahore: A Pakistani court on Tuesday asked the Defence Ministry to respond by April 19 to a petition filed by Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed asking the government to defend him in a US lawsuit filed by relatives of two persons killed in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Justice Umar Ata Bandial of the Lahore High Court issued notice to the Defence Ministry after Deputy Attorney General Nasim Kashmiri informed the court that the matter did not fall in the jurisdiction of the Interior Ministry and that only the concerned ministry could file a reply in the case.

A K Dogar, the counsel for Saeed, contended that the law is equal for all citizens and it was the responsibility of the Pakistan government to defend Saeed along with others named in the lawsuit.

A K Dogar, the counsel for Saeed, contended that the law is equal for all citizens and it was the responsibility of the Pakistan government to defend Saeed along with others named in the lawsuit.

A US district court issued summons to Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, on December 16 last year in connection with the case related to the Mumbai attacks.

On December 31, the Pakistan government announced it would defend other persons named in the US lawsuit, including Inter-Service Intelligence officials, but did not show any intention to defend Saeed.

The court in Brooklyn has summoned current ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha and his predecessor Nadeem Taj and Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders, including Saeed, to appear before it in connection with the lawsuit filed by relatives of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, who were among 166 people killed during the Mumbai attacks.


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 20:02


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