Punjab govt restores Hafiz Saeed’s security

Hafiz Saeed, Chief of Pakistan's religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa addresses a seminar in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. ÔªøPakistan has placed the leader of a charity linked to a militant group under house arrest. Hafiz Saeed, whose Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was placed under house arrest along with four aides.(AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

The Punjab government has restored the security of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed citing threats to his life, almost a month after it was withdrawn on the order of the Supreme Court.

“The policemen have been deployed again for the security of Hafiz Saeed on the order of Punjab government,” a senior official of the provincial government said. He added that the decision was taken in the light of threats to the life of Saeed.

As the government restored Saeed’s security, he has withdrawn a petition he had filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) to challenge the Punjab government’s earlier decision to withdraw his security.

The Punjab government last month had withdrawn policemen deployed for the security of Saeed after the Supreme Court directed inspector-generals of Islamabad and all four provinces to take back security escorts from people who are not entitled to it.

The chief justice, however, later directed the top provincial police officials to ensure the provision of security to all those who face genuine security threats.

In the light of the Supreme Court order, the Punjab police withdrew as many as 4,610 personnel deployed for the security of influential persons not entitled to official security in the province.

In a petition filed through his counsel Advocate AK Dogar, Saeed said that the Punjab government on the pretext of the apex court order has withdrawn his security. He added the Supreme Court had ordered that the security of those facing life threats should not be withdrawn.

“But the government made a wrong interpretation of the Supreme Court order in my case and has withdrawn my security despite threats to my life,” Saeed said.