How curious, the ongoing Lahore High Court hearing on Pakistani terrorist group founder Hafiz Saeed finds a link between Saeed's group (Lashkar-e-Toiba, LeT and its offshoot Jamaat ud Dawah, JuD) and Al Qaeda:
"The Lahore High Court has adjourned the hearing of house-arrest case of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah till Monday. The federal and provincial government presented the secret documents about Hafiz Mohammad Saeed the before the court."
"Attorney General Sardar Latif Khosa said that the documents are related with the national security; therefore he has presented them in closed session of the court.... JuD leader’s counsel AK Dogar said these documents should be presented in an open session of the court in the presence of Hafiz Saeed."
"Latif Khosa said that JuD is linked to Al-Qaeda, adding one culprit involved in Mumbai attacks is said to have links with JuD."
Today, the Lahore High Court released Saeed from house arrest, which he's been under since December 2008. You can scroll through and read my previous blogposts about the notorious Hafiz "Jihad Will Never Stop" Saeed and his groups LeT and JuD here.
Hafiz Saeed still has close relatives living in Massachusetts, including brother-in-law Abdul Hannan, imam for the Islamic Society of Greater Lowell as well as the Islamic Society of Manchester, New Hanpshire. Hafiz Saeed's brother Muhammed Masood, former imam of the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon MA, took a "voluntary deportation" back to Pakistan in October 2008 after being convicted of visa fraud and lying to federal authorities. Masood's large family (wife Rehanna and eight children) are still living here, most of them residing at the ICNE 52-estate in Sharon. Rehanna and the five oldest children face their own deportation hearing this year.
Although the ICNE Board of Directors stated in 2008 that Hafiz Masood and his family was asked to leave the ICNE estate, his family is still living there, paying neither rent nor utilities. As one ICNE member wrote to me, "the ICNE is a charitable instituion and our tax dollars are supporting the life style of the Hafiz Masood Family. Why is this still going on at the ICNE?"
Any comments from the ICNE Board of Diectors, the Attorney General of Massachusetts, the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security on this?