Board to review detention of Hafiz Saeed on 21st, LHC told


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 LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) was informed on Friday that a Punjab review board would meet on Nov 21 to review the detention of Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

A provincial law officer informed this to Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmad, who was hearing a petition filed by the JuD chief challenging his detention orders, issued under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance.

The law officer submitted that it would be appropriate to wait for the outcome of the review board meeting.

He also requested the court to adjourn the matter.

The court adjourned the hearing till Nov 22 and directed the officer to appraise the court about meeting outcome on the next hearing.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, through AK Dogar Advocate, had challenged his detention orders, submitting that requirements laid by the Supreme Court for the purpose were not fulfilled.

He pleaded with the court to set aside the detention and order his release.

The provincial authorities had detained Hafiz Saeed and his four aides under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1977, on January 31, 2017.

But in October the government did not extend the notification for their detention under ATA sections and withdrew application pending before federal review board for their extension.

The authorities, however, decided to keep Hafiz Saeed and his aides under house arrest under Section 3 of the MPO.

However, on October 19, the provincial review board extended detention of Hafiz Saeed for another 30 days but rejected the request of extending detention of his four aides, which was lapsed on October 26.