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Hafiz Saeed Slams Pakistani Foreign Ministry With Rs 10 Crore Defamation Suite

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| October 1 , 2017 , 12:01 IST

After the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan termed international terrorist Hafiz Saeed operating in the country, a "liability" and "darling of the US", the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief has slammed the government with a Rs 10 crore defamation notice.

The legal counsel of Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed, advocate A K Dogar sent a Rs 10 crore notice to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry for defaming his client.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, addressing the Asia Society forum in New York, had said that the Haqqanis and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were a liability to the nation, which the country didn't have the means to get rid of.

He said while the US is now putting pressure on the country to tackle terrorism, which is used to treat as "darlings" just 20-30 years ago.

Despite being tagged an international terrorist, Hafiz Saeed, who is also accused of masterminding the 26/11 Mumbai Terrorist attack, is living freely in Pakistan with a $10 million bounty on his head.

Saeed's legal counsel, Dogar said, "Saeed is respected as a deeply religious and devout Muslim. Saeed has never been near the White House, not to speak of wined and dined."

He said, "It is shocking to know that the foreign minister of my country is accusing Hafiz Mohammad Saeed of taking wine. This is abusive language and can never be used for my client.

"He is a patriotic Islam-loving Muslim following the dictates of the Prophet. This is a defamatory statement punishable under Section 500 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) to five years imprisonment and with a fine."

Terming the allegations as false and absolute lies, AK Dogra said, "The imputation of winning is a false statement which has injured the reputation of my client and lowered him in the estimation of others. This is slander and actionable libel. I am constrained to issue this 14 days' notice of the intention of my client to bring an action against you."

"My client intends to file a suit for damages to the tune of Rs 10 crore for injuring his reputation not only in Pakistan but all over the world," Dogar said.

Pakistan was earlier named as one of the safe havens for terrorists and criticised by US President Donald Trump for harbouring militants.