Pakistan Cops Accused Of Killing Thief Acquitted After 26/11 Attack Mastermind’s Mediation

Hafiz Saeed played the role of an arbitrator in the case between the police and the family of the thief.

Lahore: 

A Pakistani court has acquitted all three police officials accused of killing a thief in police custody in a case that drew attention after UN designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed played the role of an arbitrator in it.

Additional District and Session (Rahim Yar Khan) Judge Justice Zahid Hussain Bakhtiar acquitted police officials Mahmoodul Hassan, Shafaat Ali and Matloob Hussain this week in the murder of alleged ATM thief Salahuddin Ayubi.

The court acquitted them after the family of Ayubi pardoned the suspects on the “wish” of 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

Ayubi, who was mentally challenged, died in police custody in August due to alleged torture after his arrest on charges of stealing money from an ATM.

Ayubi’s death sparked outrage across the country.

Saeed played the role of an arbitrator in the case between the police and the family of Ayubi.

Saeed, who has been in the high security Kot Lakhpat Jail here since his arrest on July 17 on charges of terror financing, met the deceased man’s family and convinced them to pardon the policemen allegedly involved in Ayubi’s murder for the sake of Allah.

“Both the accused policemen, their officers and the victim’s family members had detailed couple of meetings with Saeed in the jail who brokered the deal between them,” an official source told PTI.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder had also received assurance by…

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