Pakistan’s Punjab government extended house arrest of Cto 90 days

Hafiz Saeed, Chief of Pakistan's religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa addresses a seminar in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. ÔªøPakistan has placed the leader of a charity linked to a militant group under house arrest. Hafiz Saeed, whose Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was placed under house arrest along with four aides.(AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Vastavam web: Pakistan’s Punjab government today issued a notification extending the house arrest of Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed and his four aides for 90 days more under the country’s anti- terrorism act.”Jammat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed and his associates — Prof Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid, Qazi Kashif Hussain and Abdullah Ubaid will remain under house arrest for another 90 days,” a senior official of the Punjab province’s Home Department said.”Saeed’s Jauhar Town house while other four’s Chauburji residence have been declared sub-jail,” the official said.The government on January 30 had put Saeed and his four aides under house arrest in Lahore for their alleged involvement in activities prejudicial to peace and security.
The house arrest was made for a period of 90 days that ended last night.According to media reports, the Nawaz Sharif government had detained Saeed after the Trump administration, which had just taken over, had told Pakistan that it may face sanctions if it did not act against JuD and its chief.Saeed, along with his four aides, has filed a petition in the Lahore High Court challenging his detention through senior advocate A K Dogar.During the previous hearing on the petition earlier this month, the Punjab government had told the Lahore High Court that no violation of law had been made in their detention as it had reasons to believe that the JuD and FIF are engaged in activities which can be prejudicial to peace and security.Saeed and his aides allege in their petition that the government detained them without any legal justification.