Pak seeks extension of JuD chief's house arrest
The Lahore High Court today reserved its decision on the extension sought by the Pakistani authorities of the house arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and five others, who were brought to the court amidst tight security.world Updated: Mar 09, 2009 14:22 IST
The Lahore High Court today reserved its decision on the extension sought by the Pakistani authorities of the house arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and five others, who were brought to the court amidst tight security.
The JuD chief and five other detained leaders of the terrorist group, which has been banned by the UN, were produced before a judicial review board here of the Lahore High Court, comprising three judges.
Saeed was placed under house arrest on December 12 last year and the five other JuD leaders – Haji Amir Hamza, Col (retired) Nazir Ahmed, Qazi Kashif Niaz, Mufti Abdul Rehman and Qari Yasin Baloch – were detained at around the same time.
They were all placed under house arrest under the Maintenance of Public Order ordinance, which allows a person to be held for up to 90 days.
The home department of Punjab province sought an extension of their house arrest, which is set to expire after a few days.
The JuD leaders were driven to the court in armoured vehicles. Security personnel in plainclothes formed a ring round the courtroom in which the JuD operatives were presented before the review board.
Heavily armed policemen were deployed outside the court and all around the building.
Reports said police also removed some JuD activists who gathered outside the court.
First Published: Mar 09, 2009 12:47 IST