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Pak court orders release of LeT founder

The Lahore High Court stated in its order that Hafeez Muhammad Saeed's detention was against the Constitution and law.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 15:28 IST
KJM Varma (PTI)
KJM Varma (PTI)

A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered the release of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafeez Muhammad Saeed, ignoring the government's argument that his "increasing activities" could hurt relations with "neighbouring" countries.

In his order, Lahore High Court Judge Justice Akhter Shabbir asked the government to immediately release Saeed, who was detained on August 28, saying his detention was against the Constitution and law.

According to Saeed's Attorney Nazeer Ahmad Ghazi, the judge held the arrest order and the reasons given by the government as "unlawful" and ordered his immediate release. A detailed judgement was expected later.

The arrest of the head of the self-proclaimed NGO Jamat-ud-Dawa was challenged by his wife Mehmoona Saeed.

Even though the government has not given any reasons for the detention of Saeed, it told the Lahore High Court on Monday that one of the reasons for his detention was that his "increased activities" could hurt relations with neighbouring countries.

He also said JuD collected donations for war victims of Palestine and Lebanon besides its increased activities hurting ties with neighbours.

The court declined to accept both the reasons, Ghazi told the agency from Lahore.

The United States has already banned JuD and sought the ban by the UN Security Council committee on terrorism.

First Published: Oct 17, 2006 14:11 IST