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26/11 mastermind is let off the hook

Posted by :) on June 3, 2009

Lahore Court Finds No Proof Against Him

Omer Farooq Khan & Agencies

Lahore/Islamabad: Six months after the Pakistani government put him under house arrest following 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered the release of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and founder of the outlawed Lashkere-Taiba (LeT), citing lack of evidence.
“The court accepts the petition of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and Col Nazir Ahmed (retd) against their detention, which is illegal. The court orders their immediate release. A detailed order will be pronounced later,’’ the court said.
“No material (evidence) was produced in the court against Saeed. The court held the detention as a violation of the constitution,’’ said Saeed’s counsel A K Dogar, adding there were no charges against Saeed except the sanctions imposed by the UN. “Pak courts are not bound by UN resolutions,’’ he said. The sanctions included freezing of Saeed’s and his associates’ assets, a ban on their travel and an arms embargo against the outfit.
Significantly, the Pakistani government had increased the period of Saeed’s detention by 60 days on May 6 and justified his incarceration on May 30, saying it had evidence that JuD had links to al-Qaida.

At the same time, concerned about the international ramifications of the court order, the Punjab government said it would appeal against the order. While Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said the court orders ‘could create problems for the country internationally’, provincial home secretary Nadeem Hasan Ashraf said the government was consulting experts about filing a review plea.
“Under the Pakistani constitution, a detainee has to be given grounds for his arrest within 15 days. If this isn’t done, the detention is void,’’ said Dogar. He shouted slogans like Allah-o-
Akbar along with Saeed’s supporters after emerging from the court.
Saeed claimed in Lahore that the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist in 26/11 Mumbai attack, Ajmal Amir Kasab, has no connection with his outfit. He also claimed he and his associates were detained due to Indian pressure in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks. Kasab, however, has admitted before a special court in Mumbai that he is a Pakistani national trained by the LeT for the Mumbai attacks.


Why Most Wanted?
Kasab has admitted he and his fellow killers were trained by Saeed’s associates, Lakhvi & Zarar Shah On the Mumbai attack chargesheet with 34 others for aiding attackers. Met one of the main accused in Dubai. Gave motivational speech to 26/11 attackers UN Security Council has designated Saeed as terrorist while banning JuD. Apart from Mumbai attack, Saeed allegedly involved in numerous attacks on India, including Akshardham

Why Was He Released?
India says Pak not serious; did not make a strong case for Saeed’s prosecution
Lahore high court also said there was insufficient evidence against Saeed
Saeed named in 26/11 chargesheet
New Delhi: The release of top jehadi leader Hafiz Saeed by the Lahore high court is a blow to India’s effort to ensure Pakistan walks its talk on terror against India, particularly in the wake of strong evidence of his involvement in the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. A close aide of Saeed, Col (retd) Nazir Mohammad, also held in connection with the November 26 attacks in Mumbai, too was freed by the court.
India’s claims to have forced Pakistan to act against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, hardline politico-religious front of Lashkar-e-Taiba, seemed less than convincing as Saeed’s release is a big step back for New Delhi’s bid to bring masterminds of 26/11 to book.
The weak case that Pakistani authorities presented to the court point towards the essential ambiguity of its anti-terror commitments and underline a self-evident truth that Islamabad only acts on Indian concern under pressure. Despite important LeT figures like Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a close aide of Saeed, being in direct contact with Mumbai attackers, Saeed has been able to walk free. The detention of the man who has preached jehad against India, inspiring thousands of youth in Pakistan to volunteer on tours of duty in India was termed as unconstitutional by the Lahore court.
Indian authorities were appalled as they said Pakistan facilitated his release by not pursuing the case against Saeed, who was placed under house arrest on December 11 last year in the face of extreme international pressure. Foreign minister S M Krishna said the
development was regrettable, adding Pakistan had not even reported any progress in investigations into the attacks. While Union home minister P Chidambaram said, “we are unhappy that Pakistan does not show the degree of seriousness and commitment that it should to bring to justice perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack.’’.
Meanwhile, India objected to Pakistan’s attempt to link Kashmir issue with terrorism in the region. Krishna said that dialogue between the two countries would resume only if Pakistan created the requisite condition.


26/11 is one of the strongest cases against Saeed Aligned with al Qaida and Taliban Has a well established background of planning and launching terrorist acts against India Was allowed to function as chief of LeT and JuD even after being under house arrest His professed ideology and public statements leave no doubt as to his terrorist inclinations

Source : TOI

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