How Hafiz Saeed is running JuD show from prison


Lahore: UN designated terrorist and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed is running the affairs of his banned Jamaat-udDawah (JuD) group from Lahore’s KotLakhpat jail, where he recently played the role of an arbitrator in a high-profile case between the police and the family of a suspected ATM thief who died in police custody. SalahuddinAyubi, who was mentally challenged, died in police custody last month due to alleged torture after his arrest on charges of stealing money from an ATM. His death sparked outrage across the country.
Saeed, who has been in the high security jail since his arrest on July 17 on charges of terror financing, last week met the deceased man’s family and convinced them to pardon the policemen involved in Ayubi’s murder for the sake of Allah. The LeT founder also received assurance by the authorities of construction of a carpeted road and supply of gas to the village of the victim’s family in Gujranwala at a cost of Rs 800 million to settle the dispute.
“Since some members of the family of Ayubi were the followers of Saeed, police arranged their ‘special meeting’ with him in jail. After listening to both sides, Saeed gave the victim’s family three options — receive blood money from the accused policemen or pardon them in the name of Allah or pursue legal case against them. The family chose to pardon the policemen,” a government official said. Ayubi’s father AfzaalGhumman confirmed that he and other family members pardoned the accused policemen on the “wish” of the JuD chief.
The source also said that Saeed directed the Punjab government to establish a school, lay a gas network in their (victim’s family) village, and rebuild a link road in return for the pardon. “After Saeed’s mediation, Punjab governor Chaudhry Sarwar visited their village and assured provision of these facilities there at the earliest,” the source said.