JuD chief Hafiz Saeed sues Pakistan defence minister for $100 million

Hafiz Saeed has openly criticised the US ever since he was released from house arrest last month. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Jan 05, 2018, 05.10 PM (IST)

Hafiz Saeed today sued Pakistan defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan for $100 million in a defamation suit even as Pakistan refused to take action against Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief.

In a statement, Pakistan defence minister had said earlier that "actions" taken against JuD was not due to US pressure but was part of an operation against the religious outfit Rad-ul-fasad.

The JuD chief has openly criticised the US ever since he was released from house arrest last month.

Last week Hafiz had called all Islamic states to launch a 'jihad' against the United States and Israel after US President Bush decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

India accuses the JuD chief of being the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attack.

In a controversial move last week, the Pakistani government defended Hafiz Saeed after Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan Walid Abu Ali participated in a rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi along with the Saeed.

During the rally Saeed, who was among the speakers, accused Israel and the Indian leadership of "destroying world peace".

India was quick to criticise the move leading the Palestinian authority to recall Walid Abu Ali from Pakistan.