Double Standard Pak Authority freed JuD & LeT Chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
Image: Police escort Hafiz Saeed (in white cap), the head of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa and founder of Lashkar-e-Tayiba, as he leaves the Lahore court
Photograph: Mohsin Raza/Reuters
Amid applause, Lahore court frees Lashkar chief
June 02, 2009 11:30 IST || PTI
Last Updated: June 02, 2009 14:25 IST
A three-member bench of the Lahore [Images] High Court freed Saeed and Ahmed after hearing arguments by the JuD chief’s counsel A K Dogar, who claimed the detention of the two men violated Pakistan’s constitution and laws.Saeed was not present in the court today. The Deputy Attorney General of the federal government and the Advocate General of Punjab [Images] province rebutted Dogar’s arguments. The Advocate General said it was binding on Pakistan to implement Security Council resolutions as the country was a signatory to the UN Charter.
A Pakistani court today freed outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and his close aide Col (retired) Nazir Ahmed nearly six months after they were detained following the Mumbai terror attacks [Images].
The three-judge bench, hearing the case, said it will give a detailed order later. Dogar, who addressed the bench for about 45 minutes, said the UN Security Council had only sought a freeze on the JuD’s assets and a travel ban on its leaders and the world body had not demanded the arrest of JuD leaders. He claimed it was not binding under Pakistani laws to implement UN Security Council resolutions. Saeed was put under house arrest on December 11 last year after the UN Security Council banned the Jamaat, declaring it a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed by India for November 26 Mumbai terror attacks that killed over 160 people.
After hearing both sides, the bench issued a brief order for the release of Saeed and Ahmed. A detailed order is expected to be issued by the High Court later.
JuD activists who gathered at the court began shouting slogans in support of Saeed on hearing the verdict.
A JuD spokesman hailed the courts verdict and said the organisation will continue its relief activities.
The court’s order was a “certificate” that the JuD was not involved in terrorism and the government had been unable to prove Saeed’s involvement in such activities, the spokesman said. Dogar, who shouted slogans like “Allah-o-Akbar (God is great)” along with Saeed’s supporters after emerging from the court, said the JuD chief had been detained on December 11 last year without any valid grounds or reasons.
Saeed’s house arrest was subsequently extended for “some vague” reasons, he said. He questioned why the Pakistan government had implemented the UN Security Council’s resolution against the JuD when India had not acted on 26 resolutions on the Kashmir issue. During an earlier hearing of Saeed’s petition challenging his detention, Pakistan’s Attorney General Latif Khosa had told the court that the government had evidence that showed the JuD’s “prima facie links” with Al Qaida.
This was the first time that Pakistan admitted that JuD has links with Al Qaida. Saeed and Ahmed had challenged their detention through a petition in the High Court.
Saeed and several other JuD leaders were placed under house arrest in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks but most of them were subsequently freed.
A judicial review board of the Lahore High Court had recently extended the detention of Saeed, also the founder of the Lashker-e-Taiba, and Ahmed by two months till July 8. Five LeT activists, including Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, are currently being tried by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi for alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks.
Courtsey : Press Trust of India.
Pak Govt determined to counter militants’ backlash
By Syed Irfan Raza
Tuesday, 02 Jun, 2009 | 03:09 AM PST |www.dawn.com
President Zardari and PM Gilani preside over a high level meeting to review the law and order situation. Federal Ministers for Information, Interior, Provincial CMs, Governor NWFP, President’s spokesman, Army Chief and the Chiefs of Intelligence Agencies are also present.–APP Photo
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said the war against militancy is a total war and each and every section of the society must rise to the occasion to ‘defeat the mindset that creates and nurtures militancy.’
President Zardari along with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was presiding over a high level meeting here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr today to review the law and order situation.
The meeting was attended by the Federal Ministers for Information, Interior, Provincial Chief Ministers, Governor NWFP, Army Chief, the Chiefs of Intelligence Agencies, Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Executive of Northern Areas, the Chief Secretaries and IGPs of all the provinces, Secretary General and senior officers of the relevant ministries of the federal government.
Talking to the media about the meeting Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President expressed satisfaction over the success achieved in the war and said that the day was not far when militants would be so crippled that they would pose no threat to the people and the country.
He said that half of the war was to subdue and defeat the militants militarily and half of the war was to win the hearts and minds of the internally displaced persons.
The President said that the international community was more than willing to help Pakistan as was demonstrated in the recent meetings of the ‘Friends of Democratic Pakistan’ and leaders and law makers of the US, Britain, and France during his recent visit to these countries.
He said the people of Pakistan also, through the political parties, supported the ongoing operation against the militants in Swat, Malakand and other areas as has been demonstrated by the unanimous resolution adopted by the Parliament against militancy and the decisions of recently held All Parties Conference by the Prime Minister.
The combination of favourable domestic public opinion and the willingness of the international community to help had placed in the hands of government a great opportunity to eliminate the militants, mindset once and for all, the President observed.
President Zardari said that the nation cannot afford to lose this war for the sake of its own survival.
He said that while the government was determined to pursue fight to the finish, it was also working on a plan to strengthen the capacity of law enforcing agencies to win this war.
The President advised the government to step up implementation of the plan to strengthen law-enforcing agencies.
‘The will to fight must be strengthened with the capacity to fight,’ he said.
The President also underlined the need for strengthening the prosecution so as to bring the militants and criminals to speedy and efficient justice within the bounds of the existing legal frame-work and laws.
President Zardari said that the present fight against militants was also for the fight of ideas and ‘for winging this battle of ideas we need to carry out necessary reforms in the education system particularly in the Madrassa education so as to produce tolerant, moderate and forward looking youth who naturally detested militancy, extremism and intolerance.’
The President also praised the Armed Forces and the law enforcement agencies for the courageous fight they had put up against militants and for sacrifices they had made in the cause. He also praised the Prime Minister and the government for taking the militants head on.
The President said that an exit strategy with clear objectives be also devised that enabled the civil administration to take over the administration of the areas where the writ of the government had been established and from where the militants had been driven out.
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