Pulling up the government for delay in filing reasons for the detention of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, a Pakistani court today warned that it will announce its decision on May 27, if authorities failed to reply by then.
A three-member bench of the Lahore High Court, comprising Justices Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Hasnat Ahmed and Zubdatul Husan, admonished Deputy Attorney General Naveed Anayat Malik for his failure to submit a reply giving the reasons for Saeed's detention.
Saeed and his close aide Col (retired) Nazir Ahmed have challenged their detention through a petition filed in the High Court.
Malik told the court that the Attorney General wanted to present his arguments in the case. The court then asked why the Attorney General had not appeared before the judges for this purpose.
"You people have made a mockery of the judicial system. Submit the reply in the next hearing on May 27, otherwise the court will announce its decision," the bench remarked.
At the last hearing on May 15, the court had asked the Attorney General to submit a reply giving the grounds on which the JuD leaders had been detained. It had also asked the government whether authorities had informed Saeed and Ahmed about the reasons for their detention.