Hafiz Saeed challenges the house arrest with 4 associates
Hafiz Saeed, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid, Qazi Kashif Hussain and Abdullah Ubaid challenged their house arrest through senior advocate A K Dogar
Hafiz Saeed, the Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief along with four others on Tuesday challenged their house arrest in the Lahore High Court.
Reports say that High Court Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan will hear their petition on Wednesday.
Hafiz Saeed, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid, Qazi Kashif Hussain and Abdullah Ubaid challenged their house arrest through senior advocate A K Dogar.
The LHC had dismissed a petition filed by a senior advocate Erum Sajjad Gull earlier, observing the petitioner had not submitted the impugned notification of Hafiz Saeed's detention.
The Pakistan government on January 30had put Saeed and four other operatives of JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat (FIF) under detention in Lahore under the country's anti-terrorism act.
Saeed and the others said in their petition that the government put them under detention for a period of 90 days (with effect from January 30) in an exercise of powers under section 11-EEE(1) of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
They also said that Interior Minister on whose account the arrest was made, claimed that the dispensation was fulfilling its obligations under United Nations Security Council's resolutions.
"The government has proved that the Pakistan is a servile and a dependent nation. We have been serving the country like iconic social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi for the last many years," they said in the complaint.
The petition also claimed that the US had made clear that in case of not conceding with the demand to take action against JuD, Pakistan may face sanctions.
The petitioners said that the government had used the same UNSC resolution earlier to detain Hafiz Saeed, and later a full bench of LHC had set him free.
"The government has no evidence that we are a 'risk' to security of Pakistan and merely on the basis of the UNSC resolutions our liberty cannot be curtailed," the petitioners apprised and prayed to the court to declare the government order being mala fides without jurisdiction and void the fundamental right to their life and liberty and ordered for their liberty.
Saeed, on whose head a bounty of $10 million is raised, was also detained after 2008 Mumbai terror attack, but later freed by Lahore High Court in 2009.