Pakistan Government Appeals Ruling to Release Mumbai Suspect

The Pakistani government appealed a court decision that freed a founder of the group India blames for last year's Mumbai terrorist attacks, saying Monday it believed the man was still a security threat.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was released in early June after the high court in the eastern city of Lahore ruled there was not enough evidence to keep him under house arrest.

Deputy Attorney General Shah Khawar said the government filed an appeal Monday with the Supreme Court.

"Our law enforcement and intelligence agencies have enough evidence that Hafiz Saeed at liberty is a security threat," Khwar told The Associated Press.

Saeed's lawyer, A.K. Dogar, said he would fight the appeal.

Saeed was detained in December during a countrywide crackdown on alleged militants.

The action was taken in line with a United Nations resolution that declared Jamaat-ud-Dawa -- a group Saeed says is a charity -- was a front for the banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

India accuses Lashkar, which Saeed also helped establish, of sending the teams of gunmen that rampaged through Mumbai last November in an attack on luxury hotels, a busy train station and other sites. The three-day siege left 166 people dead.

Under pressure from Washington, Pakistan banned Lashkar in 2002 during a crackdown on militants following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.