India is closely monitoring developments in Pakistan, says S M Krishna

June 3rd, 2009 - 6:00 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 3 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Wednesday said India is closely monitoring the developments in Pakistan after Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was released.

Talking to reporters here, Krishna said, “The developments are disturbing. Hafiz Saeed’s let off is very disturbing.”

At the same time, he said India wanted to normalise relations with Pakistan and would try to do so through diplomatic channels.

“India will work through diplomatic channels,” he added.

India on Tuesday regretted release of Saeed by Pakistan.

A full bench of the Lahore High Court ordered the release from house arrest of Saeed on the basis of a habeas corpus petition filed by his lawyer. The High Court said that it had not received substantial evidence to continue the detention of Saeed.

A full bench of the Lahore High Court also ordered the release of another Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader, Colonel (retired) Nazir Ahmad.

The bench, comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Justice Hasnat Ahmad Khan and Justice Zubdatul Hussain, heard arguments of the petitioners’ counsel after those of the attorney general.

Saeed was put under house arrest on December 11 last year, and his release was made after five months and 20 days.

The Attorney General had earlier told the Lahore High Court, that the government had enough proof against Saeed to warrant extension of his arrest, but could not produce that evidence in court. He had also said that Saeed had undeniable links with the Al Qaeda. (ANI)

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