Hafiz Saeed’s release will lead to unrest, Punjab govt tells LHC

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LAHORE: The Punjab home ministry has apprised the Lahore High Court (LHC) that releasing Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest will likely to create a situation of unrest in the province. 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 favour 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.

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