LHC orders release of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) yesterday ordered the release of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been under house arrest since January this year. The Punjab government had asked for an extension to Saeed’s detention but the request was turned down by the court, prosecutor Sattar Sahil told a foreign news agency. Saeed is scheduled to be released today as his previous detention for 30 days is over”, he added. The JuD chief, through his lawyer AK Dogar Advocate, had challenged his detention orders submitting that the requirements laid by the Supreme Court for the purpose were not fulfilled. He requested the court to set aside the detention and order his release. “The review board of the Lahore High Court asked the Punjab government to produce evidence against Hafiz Saeed for keeping him detained but the government failed,” Dogar told the media. “The court today said that there is nothing against Saeed, therefore he should be released,” he added. “The leader of Jamaatud Dawa, Hafiz Saeed’s (may God protect him) internment is over,” Nadeem Awan, a media manager for JuD, wrote on Facebook after the court order. The provincial authorities had detained him and his four aides under Section 11-EEE (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1977, on January 31 this year. But, in October, the government did not extend the notification for their detention under ATA sections and withdrew application pending before the federal review board for their extension.

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