LAHORE: Mumbai terror assault mastermind Hafiz Saeed has slapped a Rs 10 crore defamation discover on Pakistan International Minister Khawaja Asif for calling him the “darling of the USA”.
Asif, whereas talking on the Asia Society discussion board in New York on Tuesday, acknowledged that Saeed, the Haqqanis and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) are “liabilities” for the nation however it doesn’t have the required “belongings” to do away with them.
The minister had additionally mentioned that the US, which was placing stress on Pakistan to deal with terrorist teams working from its soil, as soon as used to deal with them as “darlings” simply 20 to 30 years again.
Saeed’s counsel A Ok Dogar despatched the discover to the overseas minister on behalf of his consumer who heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), a entrance for the LeT militant group that carried out the lethal 2008 Mumbai assault.
“Saeed is revered as a deeply non secular and religious Muslim. Saeed has by no means been close to the White Home, to not converse of wined and dined,” Dogar mentioned within the discover.
“It’s surprising to know that the overseas minister of my nation is accusing Hafiz Mohammad Saeed of taking wine. That is abusive language and may by no means be used about my consumer.
“He’s a patriotic Islam-loving Muslim following the dictates of the Prophet. This can be a defamatory assertion punishable below Part 500 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) to 5 years imprisonment and with a nice,” he mentioned.
The counsel termed it as an absolute lie and falsehood that Saeed is a type of individuals who had been the “darlings of People” and had been eating and wining within the White Home.
Whoever by phrases both spoken or supposed to be learn makes any imputation regarding any individual in order to hurt his status is alleged to defame that individual, he mentioned.
“The imputation of wining is a false assertion which has injured the status of my consumer and lowered him within the estimation of others. That is slander and actionable libel. I’m constrained to challenge this 14 days’ discover of the intention of my consumer to carry an motion towards you.
“My consumer intends to file a go well with for damages to the tune of Rs 10 crore for injuring his status not solely in Pakistan however everywhere in the world,” Dogar mentioned.
“Other than civil treatment, my consumer has a proper to file a legal criticism towards you below Part 500 of the PPC. It goes with out saying that you’ll be accountable for the whole price of litigation,” the counsel added.
Asif had mentioned that it was very straightforward to say Pakistan is floating the Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeed and LeT.
They’re liabilities, he had mentioned.
US President Donald Trump had final month criticised Pakistan for its assist to terror teams, saying it receives billions in US assist however continues to harbour militants.
Saeed and his 4 aides had been positioned below home arrest in Lahore on January 30 below the anti-terrorism act.
The JuD has been declared as a overseas terrorist organisation by the USA in June 2014.
Saeed carries a $10 million American bounty on his head for his position in terror actions.