Lahore court advisor says defending 'Mumbai mastermind' Saeed in US will hurt Pak

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 05:33 hrs

Islamabad: An advisor appointed by the Lahore High Court has suggested that the Pakistani government should not involve itself in Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed's case over terrorist attack in Mumbai in an American court.

The Mumbai terror attack mastermind had sought directions from the government to provide him with legal assistance in order to defend a Pakistani citizen before an American court, just like the state is providing assistance to former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general and other officers.

However, Amicus Curiae Ahmar Bilal Sufi argued that providing legal assistance to Saeed in the law suit filed by relatives of US nationals killed in the Mumbai 2008 attacks, would harm Pakistan.

Sufi said that the United Nations Organisation (UNO) had unanimously approved a resolution against terrorism and being a member Pakistan was bound to obey the resolution, the Express Tribune reports.

His remarks came as the Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial told the counsel for Saeed, to prove under international laws why the government should provide him with directions on legal assistance for fighting his case in the US.

According to the paper, Sufi pointed out that India had tried to link Pakistan with al Qaeda and filed a suit in the US court where it claimed Pakistan's land was involved in spreading terrorism.

The Amicus Curiae argued that if the Pakistan state were to provide Saeed with legal assistance, the Indian case would be strengthened. (ANI)

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