Releasing Hafiz Saeed from house arrest will create unrest situation, Punjab govt tells LHC

The Punjab home ministry on Tuesday apprised the Lahore High Court (LHC) that releasing Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest will likely create a situation of unrest in the province, DawnNews reported.

The ministry stated this in a written reply submitted before the court during the hearing of an appeal for the release of JuD chief.

During the hearing, the counsel for Saeed A. K. Khokhar argued that Saeed’s detention was illegal and baseless, thus the LHC should rule in favor of the defendant and discard the order of keeping JuD leader under house arrest.

“The defendant was put under house arrest after the US threatened to cut Pakistan’s aid; it was done without any cases being registered against him,” Khokhar argued.

Upon this, the judges pointed out that the defendant’s lawyer had made no mention of the US’s alleged pressure in the case. They added that the defendant’s application is based on a news clipping.

The home ministry, on the other hand, in their written reply to the LHC, said that the JuD chief was put under house arrest under the anti-terrorism laws to keep him from collecting funds — which is a violation of various resolutions of the United Nations.

The reply said that the reports by police and the counter terrorism department’s operational branch on the matter have also been submitted before the court.

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