God gives us chance to get rid of US slavery: Jud chief

Lahore: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed on Friday said the killing of two Pakistani men by US official Raymond Davis was a "God-given opportunity" for the country to get rid of the slavery imposed on it by the US.

Addressing a Friday prayer congregation at a mosque at the JuD's headquarters in Chauburji in Lahore, Saeed said:

"God has given us an opportunity to get rid of America's slavery. We should be united in the face of American imperialism."

Saeed, also the founder of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba that was blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, warned the Pakistan government not to hand over Davis to the US.

"If the government yields to American pressure, it will face the wrath of the people," he said.

The Pakistani people were "very emotional" over the issue and will not allow the government to "sell the blood of its citizens", he said.

The JuD also organised a rally in Lahore to press the government not to release Davis.

A large number of JuD activists and traders joined the rally held at Hall Road and vent their anger against the US and the Pakistani governments.

Davis was arrested after he shot and killed two alleged robbers in Lahore on January 27.

He claimed he had acted in self-defence as the two men were trying to rob him.

However, Lahore police chief Aslam Tareen today said Davis had been booked for murder.

Davis was sent to jail after a court remanded him to judicial custody for a fortnight this morning.

The JuD has been at the forefront of protests organised in several parts of Pakistan to pressure the government not to release Davis.