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Pak disappointed over India's reaction to Saeed verdict

Pakistan expressed disappointment over India's reaction to the Lahore High Court quashing cases registered under anti-terror law against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, saying that questioning decisions made by the country's independent judiciary was "not a wise step".

world Updated: Oct 13, 2009 17:22 IST

Pakistan on Tuesday expressed disappointment over India's reaction to the Lahore High Court quashing cases registered under anti-terror law against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, saying that questioning decisions made by the country's independent judiciary was "not a wise step".

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told state-run PTV that India has acknowledged that the quashing of cases against the Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief by the High Court has "no link with the Mumbai attacks".

"These are totally different cases," he added.

Pakistan's judiciary, like the judiciary in other democratic nations, is totally independent, said Basit.

India's move to question the decisions made by the independent judiciary of Pakistan is "not a wise step", he said.

The Lahore High Court on Monday ordered authorities to quash two First Information Reports registered against Saeed under the Anti-Terrorism Act for allegedly inciting people to wage jehad against the US, Israel and India and for seeking funds for the JuD.

The court issued its order after the Assistant Advocate General of Punjab province acknowledged that the JuD had not formally been banned under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

India has criticised the move and reiterated its demand for action to be taken against Saeed, also the founder of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba.