Hafiz Saeed, the Jamat-ud-Dawah chief who has been under house arrest since January, was presented before a three-member provincial judicial review board amid high security
On January 31, Saeed and his four aides were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under preventative detention under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. They have been under house arrest since then.
The Lahore High Court said no citizen can be detained for a long period on basis of press clippings and asked for proof against the JuD chief
As Pakistan has discovered, the process further radicalises society, undermines state
Haroon Shinwari, a spokesman for the Election Commission of Pakistan, said on Friday that they will assess the status of Milli Muslim League party next month.
The government had contended that the activities of the JuD leaders, if they were released, would pose a serious threat to public safety and public order.
An official of the Home Department presented the latest detention order of the petitioner before the court. He told the court that activities of JuD leaders, if released, would pose a serious threat to public safety and cause breach of public order.
Hafiz Saeed is accused by India of masterminding the Mumbai carnage of November 2008 that left 166 Indians and foreigners dead.
The agency claimed that its probe had found that Shah had been talking to global terrorist and Pakistan-based Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed on phone and the most recently he did so was in January this year.
Yaqoob Sheikh, who was himself designated a terrorist by the United States in 2012, captured nearly 5 per cent votes. Sheikh was was an independent candidate, though he was backed by the newly formed Milli Muslim League (MML) — a political version of Saeed’s Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD).
Hafiz Saeed’s Jammat-ud-Dawah will foray into Pakistan’s political scene by contesting the 2018 general elections, a senior member of the outfit said, a day after its candidate finished third in a crucial by-poll.
The foray into politics by Hafiz Saeed’s Islamist charity is following a blueprint that Nawaz Sharif himself rejected when the military proposed it last year, retired Lieutenant General Amjad Shuaib told Reuters
In the notice, the ECP said: “Independent candidate Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob is warned against displaying banners bearing the photograph of proscribed organisation (JuD) leader (Saeed) for his by-election campaign in NA-120.”
The Punjab Home Department issued an order on July 28 under which the detention of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Saeed and his four aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain — was extended for another 60 days.
Hafiz Saeed on Wednesday filed a fresh petition challenging the detention order.