International

Pakistan court frees anti-U.S cleric amid spat with Trump

A Pakistani court has ordered the release of a radical anti-U.S. cleric who went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

The development comes amid rising U.S.-Pakistani tensions following President Donald Trump’s accusations that Pakistan is harboring militants and the withholding of American aid to Islamabad.

Defense lawyer Fida Gul said the court set Sufi Mohammad free on health grounds. Paperwork for his release is still being processed.

Mohammad, imprisoned since 2009, is also the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

Mr. Trump had said that the United States had “foolishly” given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but “lies & deceit.”

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 28, 2020 8:02:18 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pakistan-court-frees-anti-us-cleric-amid-spat-with-trump/article22402917.ece

Next Story