Confusion surrounds efforts by Pakistani authorities to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against a court order freeing Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed from detention, with officials saying they do not know when the legal challenge will be mounted.
Authorities had earlier said the appeal would be filed after they received a copy of the Lahore High Court’s detailed order for freeing Saeed from house arrest. Saeed was released on June two and the High Court issued its detailed order on June six.
Muhammad Raza Farooq, the acting Advocate General of Punjab province, said: “I have yet to receive directives from the government when an appeal has to be filed before the Supreme Court.” Farooq said he could act only when the Punjab government issued instructions to him.
Pakistan’s Attorney General Latif Khosa told The News daily he had no idea when the appeal would be submitted in the apex court. He had earlier said the government would challenge the High Court’s decision soon after receiving a copy of the detailed judgment.