Pakistan: Punjab Govt warns of unrest if Hafiz Sayeed released from house arrest

Pakistan’s provincial government of Punjab today told the Lahore High Court that the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest will likely to create unrest in the province, Dawn reported.

The court was hearing an appeal for the release of Hafiz Saeed, who has been put under house arrest since January this year under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1977.

In a written reply, the provincial government said that the JuD chief was put under house arrest to stop him from collecting funds. The written reply also highlighted various cases which were registered against JuD members for collecting hides during the three days of Eidul Azha.

It also pointed out the recent action against JuD’s political wing Milli Muslim League by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

While JuD chief’s counsel argued that his client’s detention was illegal, baseless, done under US threat to cut aid and without any cases being registered against him.

The court after hearing the arguments on both sides adjourned the case to 15 September.

Hafiz Saeed has been accused by India and the US of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks. In 2012, the US announced a bounty of $10 million on Hafiz Saeed for his alleged role in the attack. India and US consider JuD a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a terrorist group founded by Hafiz Saeed in 1992.

The United Nations has already designated JuD as a front for the LeT.

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