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Hafiz Saeed will be released if evidence not submitted: Pakistan court

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

By: PTI | Lahore | Published: October 11, 2017 2:59 pm
Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, Hafiz Saeed party, Hafiz Saeed political party, Milli Muslim League party, Lashkar-e-Taiba, pakistan news, indian express news Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has been placed under house arrest in Lahore under the  Anti-Terrorism Act since January 31. File Photo

The Lahore High Court warned on Wednesday that 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest would be set aside if the Pakistan government did not submit evidence against him.
The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and his four aides –  Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain – have been placed under house arrest in Lahore under the Anti-Terrorism Act since January 31.
The Lahore High Court heard a plea against Saeed’s detention on Tuesday. However, the absence of the interior secretary, who was supposed to appear along with records of the case, irked the court. “No citizen can be detained for an extended period on the basis of merely press clippings,” the court observed.
“The conduct of the government shows it has no substantial evidence against the petitioners. The detention of the petitioners will be set aside if no concrete evidence is presented before the court,” Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi said. An official of the interior ministry, through the deputy attorney general, told the court that the secretary could not attend the proceedings due to unavoidable official responsibilities in Islamabad and sought time to file a reply to the petition. Justice Naqvi regretted that an army of officers was assigned to protect one government official, but not a single officer was available to assist the court. Lamenting on repeated requests for adjournment, the judge said the law officers wanted the courts to stop working and adjourned hearing till October 13.
Saeed’s advocate A K Dogar argued the government detained the JuD leader on the basis of apprehensions and hearsay. He said under the law no presumption and assumption could give rise to any apprehension unless it was supported by evidence.
The Punjab government had earlier told the court if the JuD leaders were released, their activities would be a threat to public safety and might cause breach of public order.  On September 25, the house arrest of Saeed and others was extended for another 30 days.

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    silent noise
    Oct 12, 2017 at 2:11 am
    Hafiz Saeed is not even under detention except for nominal restrictions, like he cannot come on TV and address public meetings, the whole world knows this. For all practical purposes he is free. However it is Hafiz Saeed who is needling the Pakistan authorities implicitly daring the authorities to provide evidence to the court if they had the guts. He does not want any freedom, as he has everything already. He is flexing his muscle using the court and that is the drama being played out.
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      Asish
      Oct 11, 2017 at 8:10 pm
      I strongly feel that Pakistan Army and Government should get Hafiz Saeed released. As if enough of bad publicity is not something they are comfortable with and they need some more so be it. I wish they release Hafiz Saeed, but I am 100 per cent sure they will not. If they do, they will collapse completely as economy and they cannot fight India. Hafiz Saeed cannot replace Army or do the complete fight for Pakistan but I know the morons will be laughing getting him released.
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        p g
        Oct 11, 2017 at 6:59 pm
        What have Pakistani govt done so far ??? Nothing. So releasing him is nothing but openly trying to do wrongful acts.
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          rkannan
          Oct 11, 2017 at 5:37 pm
          It is the same story since 26/11. Under pressure, Pakistan arrests some criminals but never tries them. India has supplied mountain loads of evidence but by refusing to present the evidence in court, Pakistan has sabotaged any possibilities of justice. The peaceniks can keep shouting but clearly 26/11 was an act of war by Pakistan against India.
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            SHAH S
            Oct 12, 2017 at 3:23 am
            Actually you have no evidence or proof to present.. Hindus--tan has never provided any evidence till date.. Okay, if you think Pakis-tan has not taken action to present your evidence to court ... then "Why dont you provide your evidence and proof to USA" for they have put up a US$10million bounty on his head, for whoever providing proof evidence leading to his arrest and shall be "verifiable, endorseable, convictable evidence in court" It is so easy.. do it.. talking and talking in air blaming without evidence and without proof means nothing but hogwash I am no proponer of this crook, but need to submit verifiable evidence leading to conviction and sentence Hindus--tan has had these crooks including Maulana Azhar in Hindus--tan jails for 7 years and did not even file an FIR police report.. leave aside putting them for trial in Hindus--tan courts.. 7 Years you guys had these crooks in your jails and you did nothing ????? WHAT ???
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            Shafted mohammed
            Oct 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm
            The state of terroristan in not providing evidence which was already given by India to the Pakistani government and to all the embassies giving enough proof that this is state sponsored terrorism. In two weeks two gentlemen from America are coming and would bring a cane and danda to spank those who are responsible. If you now don't behave you would face the consequences. Terroristan you are completely exposed.
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