US bounty: LHC issues notices on Saeed’s plea for security

Published: April 18, 2012
Hafiz Saeed prayed to court to direct Punjab government to provide him security. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Hafiz Saeed prayed to court to direct Punjab government to provide him security. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday directed the federal and provincial law officers to file comments of Federal Interior Ministry and Punjab Home Department on Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed’s petition for security.

The petition filed by Saeed and his brother-in-law Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki sought protection for Saeed and his associates following the announcement of $10 million bounty on them by the United States.

The LHC bench, headed by Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, also directed the petitioners to approach the Punjab Home Department to seek security.

The US had recently announced a $10 million bounty on Saeed besides $3 million on his brother-in-law Makki.

The petitioners submitted that the US had announced a bounty on the instigation of India and stated that the US wanted to please India.

They added there was fear of them being handed over to the US by Pakistani authorities, and therefore, their lives and their families’ lives could be at risk.

They prayed to the court to order the federal and provincial interior ministers to not hand them over to any other country. It was also urged to direct the Punjab government to provide them adequate security.

Issuing notice to secretaries of Federal Interior Ministry, Punjab Home secretary and other respondents for April 25, 2012, Chief Justice Saeed directed the federal and provincial law officers to file their comments on the next date of hearing.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 18, 2012 - 4:52PM

    He can only get security in FATA. We all know many were taken away to nowhere from Punjab during the rule of NS and SS. Bounty is very high, equal to Mr. Mullah Umer..


  • sars
    Apr 18, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Yes they are entitled to the same sort of freedom they advocate to all persons of a religion and sect and nationality different from their own, ie the freedom to be killed in target attacks, bomb blasts and other assorted violence.
    Im sure the govt will be happy to provide this for you. look how good its track record is


  • Adil
    Apr 18, 2012 - 5:27PM

    He needs security?! He probably has enough manpower and ammunition to safeguard the ‘Bannu’ jail and many others in KP.


  • Iron hand
    Apr 18, 2012 - 5:31PM

    I thought he wasn’t afraid of the US, and that he was announcing his location to everyone?


  • Ali
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:13PM

    Oh, so the jihadi guy is afraid. Hmmmm


  • Babloo
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Lahore High Court is Mr Hafiz’s friend and benefactor.


  • Cautious
    Apr 18, 2012 - 8:03PM

    Perhaps it’s lousy reporting in Pakistan but this “bounty” is for information that would lead to an arrest — if so, how does one get protection from “information”?


  • Apr 18, 2012 - 8:29PM

    Good you only print comments which are inline with your view.

    Isn’t shameful ?


  • gp65
    Apr 18, 2012 - 8:43PM

    No security for Hindus or Christians. No security for Ahmadis. No security for Hazara Shias or Gilgit Shias. No security for Governor of the largest province or his family. No security for jail with over 100 high profile prisoners. No security for anti Taliban leaders in Swat and FATA. Bot ensure security to Hafiz Saeed who openly gives hate speech and incites jihad against India an USA.
    Great priorities Lahore high court.


  • Anuj Agrawal
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:54PM

    So the brave man who urges everyone to become a mujahideen is scared…
    Good for him….p>Recommend

  • MarkH
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:56PM

    “They added there was fear of them being handed over to the US by Pakistani authorities, and therefore, their lives and their families’ lives could be at risk.”
    Well that’s certainly some low quality dramatics. It doesn’t make sense, either. They say the concern is being handed over by Pakistani authorities, which is directly linked, by them, to the supposed cause of the loss of life. Unless he meant his corpse being handed over, the two concepts are completely incompatible. His family can only be in danger using that logic is if he thinks the authorities will capture him and then go shoot his family just for something to do, as well.
    But, the best part is he completely contradicted every last word he said when it was first announced. Everything.Recommend

  • Umer
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:03PM

    Difa-e-Pakistan needs protection of state to protect it. LOL.Recommend

  • xzy
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:33PM

    I thought a TRUE Muslim seeks the protection of ALLAH, not of LHC.


  • WoW
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:48PM

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed urges mujahedeen to brainwashed youngsters for suicide attacks and he himself wants to hide . A true charity coward.Recommend

  • Pollack
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:57PM

    I guess he is afraid of becoming a “martyr”. But that doesn’t stop him from egging on young people to become a “martyr”.


  • gujranwala987
    Apr 19, 2012 - 12:15AM

    These people are good only to make others to die for their idealogy, when it comes to themsleves then the reality of these fake brave supermen is exposed just like this case.


  • Kaspar
    Apr 19, 2012 - 12:42AM

    This proves, Mr. Hafiz, that life is precious. One only wishes you thought the same of others’ lives!
    What a contradictioo in word and deed indeed!!


  • adam
    Apr 19, 2012 - 1:12AM

    The other day he was roaring like a lion and challenging USA, now he is looking for shelter. Now i understand which faith the poor Hafiz belives.


  • ayesha khan
    Apr 19, 2012 - 1:14AM

    Tell me again why he is a leader of the DPC? Is the man who is scared about his own security the right person to be leading an effort to defend Pakistan?


  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Apr 19, 2012 - 1:23AM

    I thought Jihadi’s go to haven and he is affraid to go to that unknown imaginary place for which all those poor naive sucide bomber’s were trained for. It reminds of twitter Salman Khan’s sister issued after the releasse of Ra One ” Even superman need a bodyguard”.


  • Bombay Dude
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:19AM

    Didn;t Hafeez the same coward who openly stated that he is not afraid of USA ? Own life is more valuable right Mr Saeed?


  • FactCheck
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:19AM

    This is going to be interesting.


  • True Muslim Paki
    Apr 19, 2012 - 3:06AM

    ET makes these kind of headlines to demean PTI & the religious groups in Pakistan. The target specially is the Sunni groups which are potrayed as oppressive against minorities. This is a major conspiracy against PTI as well.


  • Raj - USA
    Apr 19, 2012 - 3:06AM

    Hafiz Saeed has been shaken by the US Fatwa. This has taken away his most important protective shield and he now stands exposed. His followers and supporters who had earlier perceived him to be a brave man shall no longer think so, and sooner or later someone shall come forward to claim the reward. A coward commands little respect, particularly in the inner circle of Jihadis. They may feel obligatory or bold enough to take him out. OBL’s elimination was a turning point. It demonstrated to the terrorists that they can run but cannot hide. Had OBL been still alive, Hafiz Saeed would still be acting brave and not asked for protection from LHC.


  • about-turn
    Apr 19, 2012 - 3:49AM

    Is this the same guy who couple of weeks bragged about not being afraid of meeting with the US authorities to answer their questions?


  • Truthbetold
    Apr 19, 2012 - 4:45AM

    This proves Hafeez Saeed is a coward who can only brainwash young boys to go and kill innocent people. Now he is facing his own music. When the heat is on, he is now afraid for his own life like his buddy Osama bin Laden.


  • Raj - USA
    Apr 19, 2012 - 6:18AM

    Hafiz Saeed should be reminded of the protection he may get from Punjab Police. He should watch the video of Raymond Davis in the custody of Punjab Police. When Raymond Davis asked for water, the police officers laughingly comment “No Money No Pani”. No Dollar No Water. Would they go for the $10 million. It is not safe for Hafiz Saeed to travel by air, even within Pakistan as the pilot can take the aircraft to a neighboring country. I believe US has enough proof of his ties to OBL and terror activities, but needs his physical custody to nail him down in a proper court and cannot trust the Pakistan judicial system.


  • vasan
    Apr 19, 2012 - 6:29AM

    This proves again these mad guys like Sayeed wants to indoctrinate his own people and doesnt care if they die in any covert war. Their life is precious. Real cowardice.


  • JSM
    Apr 19, 2012 - 7:13AM

    The gentleman(?) is scared. He knows his days are numbered- one way or the other, the Americans will get him.


  • Watty
    Apr 19, 2012 - 7:54AM

    Mr. Hafiz Saeed is fearless when sending thousands of young Pakistani men to die in Jihad but fearful in praying to the court to secure his own life. Cowardice and hypocrisy are two sides of the same coin.


  • Apr 19, 2012 - 8:00AM

    The people he indoctrinates into waging Jihad in Kashmir and Afghanistan, go and die there or at best languish in jails for all their lives, but he feels he is insecure in Pakistan.

    THe longer he lives free, the more people of Pakistan he will indoctrinate, the more of them will die or kill others(mostly Pakistanis); the longer he stays free Pakistan’s image will take a beating and the resulting isolation will induce more poverty. Now, he wants to use Pakistani’s tax money to protect himself. Wah wah!

    I don’t fear Hafiz Saeed hurting India, but fear instability caused by him and his likes in my neighbourhood.


  • Apr 19, 2012 - 8:06AM

    Its no wonder Pakistani govt has and can hand them over to USA. dont forget the story of Mullah Zaeef how he was handed over, well this govt is doing the same


  • Umer
    Apr 19, 2012 - 8:23AM

    LHC CJ should concentrate on relief for cases pending under his bench for last many years. But I think its MOST important case to save Pakistan and media projection for Sh sahib. For God sake dispose off long waiting cases otherwise Allah curse at judges who do not provide timely justice.


  • Apr 19, 2012 - 10:33AM

    Hafiz Saeed never supported suicide bombing.

    He criticized rather opposed TTP attacks on Pakistani security forces and common people.

    Hafiz Saeed’s only focus is KASHMIR. He never indulged inn fighting in Afghanistan or elsewhere in India.

    Govt of India failed to implicate him in Mumbai Attack in the Court of Law in Pakistan.


    Apr 19, 2012 - 11:18AM

    Oh, so the jihadi guy is afraid. Hmmmm
    ye is the person who is motivating the people towards civil war he is not muslim he should be crushed


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