LAHORE Jamatud Dawa (JD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has filed a constitutional petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) to seek defence before a New York court through the federal government. The petitioner prayed the court for directing the government to defend him as a citizen of Pakistan in the US court which is hearing a lawsuit moved for damages by a Jewish family over the killing of their relatives in the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008. It is pertinent to recall that a New York court has issued summons to the petitioner, the DG ISI and other officials. American nationals Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka were both gunned down by militants at the Chabad House in Mumbai. Their son Moshe was saved and he along with other people have filed nine claims against Hafiz Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Azam Cheema and Sajid Majid of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as well as the ISI chief Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, his predecessor Nadeem Taj and two others Major Iqbal and Major Samir Ali. They have been accused of providing logistic and material support for the 26/11 attacks. For each of the claims, the plaintiffs have asked for damages to the tune of $75,000, to be awarded by a jury. Saeed through his counsel AK Dogar says he is the head of JD, a charity organization, and has no connection with the LeT, adding that the govt had detained the petitioner in 2009 and a full bench of LHC ordered to release him, saying there was no evidence that he had links with al Qaeda or any other terrorist organization which could endanger the security of Pakistan, except for the baseless allegations being levelled by Indian lobby.