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LeT founder slams Pak govt for freeing Davis

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Updated: March 17, 2011, 5:45 PM IST
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LeT founder slams Pak govt for freeing Davis
Pakistan's religious parties have announced that they will organise protests on Friday.

Lahore: JuD chief and LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has criticised Pakistan government for its "cruel act" of freeing suspected CIA contractor Raymond Davis following a "blood money" deal with families of the two men he killed here, while the country's religious parties have said they will organise protests on Friday.

Davis was freed on Wednesday under a "blood money" deal allowed by the Islamic law of 'diyat' or compensation but Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, claimed that the Shariah law had been "misused" to free the American.

Saeed contended that this amounted to a mockery of Pakistan's sovereignty.

"Besides killing two Pakistanis, Davis was involved in a number of criminal activities in the country. His freedom has hurt the sentiments of the whole nation," Saeed said in a statement issued by the JuD.

However, he did not call on members of his organisation to protest against a Pakistani court's decision to acquit and free Davis.

The JuD had been at the forefront of demonstrations across Punjab province to pressure the government not to release Davis.

Saeed said it was unfortunate that the government's machinery was involved in securing the safe release of Davis and that the country will not forgive it for its "cruel act".

The religious parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami and Sunni Tehrik, have announced they will organise countrywide protests on Friday.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan held the federal and Punjab governments besides the military establishment responsible for Davis' release.

"The ISI accepted the hegemony of the CIA by facilitating Davis' escape," he said, claiming that the case was one of espionage and related to the state and not to the families of the two men he shot and killed.

"ISI-CIA reconciliation is endangering the security and integrity of the country. The Punjab government was under US pressure from day one. The US government's efforts for securing Davis' release show that he is an important member of their spying network," he claimed.

First Published: March 17, 2011, 5:45 PM IST
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