JuD chief Hafiz Saeed wants ban on Saif's 'Phantom' in Pakistan
26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed is the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, which carried out the audacious 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. (File Photo)
Jamat-ud-Dawah chief and 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed has filed a petition in Lahore high court, seeking a ban in Pakistan on Saif Ali Khan-starrer Phantom. In his petition, Saeed alleged that the film contains "filthy propaganda" against his country. In the upcoming Bollywood movie, Saif's Daniyal is an Indian agent who has a job at hand: to find and kill Hariz Saeed -- a thinly veiled reference to the JuD chief who is wanted in India and resides in Pakistan. The recently released trailer opens with vignettes from 26/11 attack and shows its main preperators -- David Headley, Sajid Mir, Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. The movie is to be released on August 28.
Through his advocate AK Dogar, Saeed pleaded that the Indian film has "venom against Pakistan and JuD". "The film is about the 2008 Mumbai attack and global terrorism implicating the JuD. Filthy propaganda has been done in the film against Pakistan under subject of the world terrorism," Saeed, who is the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, alleged. Saeed claimed that the courts in Pakistan had already rejected the accusation of the Indian government about the involvement of the JuD or any of its leaders in the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. "I pray to the court to ban the exhibition of Phantom in Pakistan for its anti-Pakistan content," said Saeed, who has a $10 million US government bounty against him. Lahore high court's Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan has fixed August 10 as the date for hearing the petition.