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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