Lahore: Authorities in Pakistan's Punjab province have extended the house arrest of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed for another two months to maintain public order.
Saeed, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief, has been under house arrest since 31 January. His detention had been extended for three more months in April. On 31 January, Saeed and his four close aides - Abdullah
Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain) – were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
This time Saeed's house arrest has been extended under the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order. In a notification issued on 28 July, the Punjab government home department said on the recommendation of the
federal interior ministry the detention of the activist - Saeed - has been extended for another 60 days.
It said Saaed and others’ detention expired on 27 July. According to the notification, "The Counter Terrorism Department has reported that keeping in view the expected release of said activist (Saeed) and other leaders and workers of said organisations (JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat) they have planned to spread chaos in the country. They have planned to make demonstrations under the leadership of Saeed."
"He will be portrayed as a hero and his acts will be glorified. Abdul Rehman Makki who is the central leader of the JuD has been making preparations for the purpose and haslaunched a secret campaign to muster support of the workers," the notification said. It said the "liberty" of Saeed is a continuous threat to the peace and tranquility in the country. The notification further said that the District Intelligence Committee Lahore separately said that Saeed would create law and order situation upon his release.
Additional home secretary Azam Suleman believes that the activities of Saeed are "prejudicial to public safety and maintenance of public order". "Thereby the Home Department in exercise of powers conferred under sub-section 1 of Section-3 of the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance 1960 Hafiz Saeed is detained for a period of 60 days with effect from 28 July 2017."
A Lahore High Court bench headed by Justice Abdul Sami Khan, which was scheduled to announce the verdict Tuesdayon the detention of Saeed and four others, deferred its verdict for an indefinite period. The court had reserved the decision on 7 June after the Punjab government law officer submitted a reply and Saeed's counsel advocate AK Dogar completed his arguments.
Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 11:32 AM