Pakistani authorities are keeping a close watch on JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, linked to the Mumbai terror attacks, with a “good number” of policemen deployed at his residence after a court ordered his release from detention three days ago.
Personnel from the prison department were withdrawn from Saeed’s residence in Johar Town here soon after the Lahore High Court released him from house arrest on Tuesday.
However, the government of Punjab province has deployed policemen at his home on the pretext of providing security to him, officials said.
“In fact, Saeed is being closely watched. We cannot risk leaving him alone under the present circumstances,” a government officer said.
Police have erected barricades outside Saeed’s home and those coming to meet him are being watched. SSP (Operations) Shafiq Ahmed said a “good number” of policemen had been deployed outside Saeed’s residence.
Ahmed said the police had orders to “keep an eye” on him and his activities, even as he met key personalities like Jamaat-e-Islami leaders.
Pakistan’s Attorney General Latif Khosa has told the media that a UN Security Council-mandated travel ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawah leaders and freeze on the group’s assets continued to be in place.