Pakistan's Supreme Court is likely to take up only next week petitions challenging the release of JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, mastermind of 26/11 attacks, from house arrest as it is now focussing on a case related to former President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency in 2007.
The Federal and Punjab governments had on July 16 asked the apex court to defer the hearing of their petitions challenging Saeed's release from house arrest for two weeks. This plea was accepted by the court though the date for the next hearing was not set at that time.
Though the two weeks' time has expired, the petitions were not taken up by the apex court on Thursday.
Sources said the matter was unlikely to come up tomorrow either as the court is focussed on a case related to the appointment of judges that has sparked a debate about Musharraf's decision to impose emergency in November 2007 and to sack over 60 members of the superior judiciary.
The sources also said the petitions challenging release of Saeed, who India suspects is the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, on the orders of the Lahore High Court might be taken up by the apex court next week.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry heads the two benches that are hearing the case related to Musharraf's actions during the emergency and the petitions challenging Saeed's release from house arrest.