Hafiz Saeed claims threat to life, Pak court shifts case to La­hore

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La­hore: A Pak­istani court on Mon­day ac­cepted the plea of Mum­bai at­tack mas­ter­mind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to trans­fer a ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing case against him from the anti-ter­ror­ism court Gu­jran­wala district of Pun­jab prov­ince to a court here on the ground that there is a “threat to his life”.

On July 17, Saeed, a UNdes­ig­nated global ter­ror­ist, was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing case while on his way from La­hore to Gu­jran­wala. Prior to his ar­rest, the top 13 mem­bers of the Ja­maat-ud-Dawa, in­clud­ing Saeed and Naib Emir Ab­dul Rehman Makki, were booked in nearly two dozen cases for ter­ror fi­nanc­ing and money laun­der­ing un­der the Anti-Ter­ror­ism Act, 1997.

La­hore HC chief jus­tice Sar­dar Shamim Ahmed held the hear­ing on Saeed’s pe­ti­tion and ac­cepted it when the gov­ern­ment law of­fi­cer raised no ob­jec­tion on it. Saeed’s ad­vo­cate A K Dogar said his client is kept at Kot Lakh­pat jail in La­hore but he is taken to Gu­jran­wala, some 80km from La­hore, on every ap­pear­ance be­fore the anti-ter­ror­ism court there in con­nec­tion with a ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing case. He said shift­ing Saeed from La­hore to ei­ther Gu­jran­wala or Gu­jrat an­titer­ror­ism courts may en­tail threat to his life. The gov­ern­ment has to make se­cu­rity ar­range­ments on his shift­ing to the ATCs out­side La­hore, he ar­gued.

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