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Pakistani court released Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed; India expresses concern

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Islamabad, 03 June, ( A Pakistani court Dawa chief Hafiz SaeedDawa chief Hafiz SaeedTuesday ordered the release of the head of a charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa that India blames for the Mumbai attacks, his lawyer said.

A full bench of the Lahore High Court heard a habeas corpus petition against the detention of Jamatud Dawa leaders Hafiz Saeed and Col (retd) Nazir Ahmad.

The bench, composed of Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Justice Hasnat Ahmad Khan and Justice Zubdatul Hussain, heard arguments from both sides.

A panel of three judges from Lahore high court declared the detention of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and three other members of his party unlawful, lawyer A.K Dogar told reporters.

‘The arrest violated the constitution, therefore Hafiz Saeed and his colleagues are being released,’ Dogar said.

‘Today's verdict shows that sovereignty lies in Almighty Allah,’ he said.

Saeed founded the outlawed Kashmiri Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which India blamed for the November attacks on Mumbai.

Pakistan had sealed offices of the Dawa within weeks of the Mumbai attacks after a UN Security Council resolution described the charity as a terror group.

Islamabad had frozen the group's assets besides placing Saeed under house arrest. The group denies all terror accusations.

Dawa is one of Pakistan's biggest charities and is known across the country for its relief work after the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir.

Meanwhile the Indian government said Tuesday it was 'unhappy' over a court decision to release the head of an Islamic charity India says was linked to last year's Mumbai siege.

'We are unhappy that Pakistan has not shown the degree of seriousness and commitment it should have to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks,' Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters.

- Asian Tribune -

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