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Punjab withdraws Hafiz Saeed appeal

By Khalid Azeem ISLAMABAD: The government of the Punjab withdrew Tuesday its Supreme Court appeal against the decision to release Hafiz Mohammad Saeed of the Jamaat-ud Dawa. Punjab Advocate General Raza Farooq told the court that the Punjab government wanted to withdraw its appeal as they had the same and not new evidence against Hafiz...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 14, 2009 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 14, 2009 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
Punjab withdraws Hafiz Saeed appeal

By Khalid Azeem

ISLAMABAD: The government of the Punjab withdrew Tuesday its Supreme Court appeal against the decision to release Hafiz Mohammad Saeed of the Jamaat-ud Dawa.

Punjab Advocate General Raza Farooq told the court that the Punjab government wanted to withdraw its appeal as they had the same and not new evidence against Hafiz Saeed and his associate Col. Nazir. It had been a lack of evidence which had led to Hafiz Saeed's release in a Lahore High Court ruling June 2.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry asked Deputy Attorney General Shah Khawar whether he had anything to say on the matter on behalf of the federal government that was also appealing against the Lahore High Court's decision to free Hafiz Saeed.

Khawar replied that he would need two days to seek instructions on the matter. Upon this AK Dogar, Hafiz Saeed's lawyer, submitted that as the Punjab government had taken back its petition, the federal government's petition stood ineffective and no more time was needed.

The Supreme Court rejected his plea and put off the hearing till Thursday.

The federal and Punjab provincial governments both filed petitions in the Supreme Court Monday, asking the Lahore court to rescind its order to release Saeed and an associate.

Hafiz Saeed is accused by India of plotting the Mumbai assault. He was placed under house arrest in December after a U.N. Security Council committee added him and Jamaat-ud Dawa to a list of people and organizations linked to al-Qaida or the Taliban.

The coordinated attacks on Mumbai, in which 166 people died, has strained ties between India and Pakistan, and led to an Indian freeze on a five-year peace process.

India maintained the assault was carried out by Pakistan-based members of the Lashkar-e-Toiba organization and that the outlawed organization must have had backing from some official Pakistani agencies. The Pakistani government has denied involvement by state agencies, but the attacks on India's financial and entertainment hub were launched and partially planned in Pakistan. SAMAA

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