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Pak court seeks response from authorities on LeT founder plea

A Pakistani court on Monday directed authorities to respond by April 16 to a petition filed by Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and three of his close aides challenging their detention following the Mumbai terror attacks.

world Updated: Apr 06, 2009 20:36 IST

A Pakistani court on Monday directed authorities to respond by April 16 to a petition filed by Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and three of his close aides challenging their detention following the Mumbai terror attacks.

Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court admitted the habeas corpus petition filed by Saeed, also the founder of the Lashker-e-Taiba, and his aides Amir Hamza, Col (retired) Nazir Ahmed and Mufti Abdur Rehman.

The judge issued a notice to the government of Punjab province and directed it to submit its reply to the petition before April 16.

A K Dogar, counsel for the petitioners, told the court that the detention of Saeed and the three other Jamaat-ud-Dawah members was unlawful because they were not involved in any unlawful activities.

Dogar said that no First Information Report had been registered against the Jamaat-ud-Dawah but the government had closed down its educational institutions, dispensaries and hospitals in compliance with a UN resolution.

He also said that the court should order Saeed to be produced before it so he could present his point of view.