Pakistani court adjourns Hafiz Saeed's petition

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LeT founder Hafiz Saeed along with former ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha had been summoned in connection with the lawsuit filed by relatives of Jewish victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (AP) LeT founder Hafiz Saeed along with former ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha had been summoned in connection with the lawsuit filed by relatives of Jewish victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (AP)
SummarySaeed Hafiz sought govt's help to defend him in a US court in Mumbai attack case.

A Pakistani court has adjourned for an indefinite period Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed's petition seeking help from the government to defend himself in a US court in a lawsuit over the Mumbai attacks.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday adjourned the matter for an "indefinite period" at the request of the Saeed's counsel A K Dogar.

The US court had issued summons to Saeed, former Inter-Services Intelligence agency chiefs Ahmad Shuja Pasha and Nadeem Taj, and other Pakistani officials in connection

with the lawsuit filed by relatives of Jewish victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Dogar argued during Tuesday's proceedings that the New York court had stopped hearing the Mumbai attacks case and the Lahore High Court too should adjourn its hearing for an indefinite period.

Rabbi Gabriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, both US nationals, were killed by LeT militants during the Mumbai attacks. Their relatives filed nine claims against Saeed, LeT operatives Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Azam Cheema and Sajid Majid, former ISI chiefs Nadeem Taj and Ahmed Shuja Pasha and other persons allegedly involved in the Mumbai attacks.

Saeed and the LeT members were accused of providing material support for the attacks. Saeed claimed that he was the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawah and had no link with LeT.

He further claimed that the government should defend him in the US lawsuit. However, the government informed the High Court that it would only defend government officials and not private individuals like Saeed.

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