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Pakistan Court Restrains Govt from Arresting Hafiz Saeed

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) restrained the government on Wednesday from arresting Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

The JuD chief has moved to LHC through his counsel against his possible arrest by Punjab government in face of the international pressure to take action against JuD and its chief.

Today the petition came up for hearing before a single member bench of LHC comprising Justice Aminuddin Khan.

Said counsel submitted that the government might arrest his client under the mounting pressure from the United States and India. He pleaded the court to restrain the government from his possible arrest, arguing that his client has never been involved in illegal activities in Pakistan.

He argued that there has been no FIR registered against Saeed in any parts of the country.

The bench while issuing restraining the government from arresting Saeed, issued a notice to federal government. The court sought the response of the federal government on the petition by March 17.

Hafiz Saeed moved to LHC through his counsel Advocate AK Dogar, saying there is a possibility of action against him after the visit of UN delegation to Pakistan to see compliance with the UN sanctions.

He further added that actions taken against him were the results of baseless allegations of his involvement in Mumbai Attacks.

Hafiz Saeed has been designated a ‘terrorist’ by UN and his party Jamat-ud-Dawa and its affiliated charity Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) has been banned.

On January 19, Heather Nauer, spokesperson for the US Department of State said that Hafiz Saeed should be tried under the law.

After a brief detention, he was released last year on the directives of LHC, which  rejected the government’s request to further extend his house arrest.

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