Pakistan court orders Hafiz Saeed’s release

The court had warned the government last month that it would end Saeed’s house arrest if enough evidence was not submitted against him.

IANS
Islamabad, Publish Date: Nov 23 2017 12:07AM | Updated Date: Nov 23 2017 12:07AM
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A Pakistan court on Wednesday ordered the release from house arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.

A Judicial Review Board consisting of judges from the Lahore High Court rejected a plea from the government of Pakistan’s Punjab province to extend his detention by three months, Dunya News reported.

The court had warned the government last month that it would end Saeed’s house arrest if enough evidence was not submitted against him.

Saeed and four aides were placed under house arrest in January under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Saeed’s advocate AK Dogar earlier said the JuD leaders had been detained merely on the basis of allegations, without any substantial evidence against them, and called the call for extending the detention “illegal” and a “violation of basic rights.”

In previous proceedings, the Punjab Home department has argued that that if he was released, his activities would pose a serious threat to public safety and public order. (IANS)