LHC gives last chance to Punjab govt to explain Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has given last chance to the Punjab government to justify detention of the Ameer of Jamaatud Dawa Hafiz Saeed, in a petition that challenges his house arrest.

Arguing his case before Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar, Hafiz Saeed’s counsel said that the Punjab government has detained his client merely on the basis of allegations. The government has failed to provide any proofs against my client and keeping anyone confined without proof is violation of both the constitution and basic human rights, he added.

Giving the last chance to the counsel of Punjab government to submit a reply, the court adjourned the hearing till October 31.

It may be mentioned here that on October 17, the head of banned outfit Jamaat ud-Dawa Hafiz Saeed and his four aides were produced before the provincial review board, a division bench of LHC in Lahore, where their counsel had pleaded the board for their release.

The board meeting headed by Justice Yawar Ali was held in LHC as Hafiz Saeed and his four accomplices Kashif Hussain, Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal and Abdur Rehman were produced before the board amid strict security arrangements.

Punjab government’s lawyer Sattar Sahi, who is representing Punjab Home Department, told the court that the accused were under house arrest on the federal government’s orders; therefore, the court requested for extension in their house arrest.

The counsel of the accused had told the court that the Punjab Home Department has put their client in preventive detentions without any allegations or reasons.

The board had summoned the record against the accused and adjourned the hearing till October 19.

It may be mentioned here that the Punjab Home Department last month had extended the detention of Hafiz Saeed for 30 more days.