Vastavam web: The Pakistan government today sought the extension of Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed’s detention under the public safety law, two days after withdrawing its application to prolong his house arrest under the anti-terrorism law.The Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who has been under house arrest since January, was presented before a three-member Punjab provincial judicial review board amid high security.Their detention period is scheduled to expire on October 24. Under the law, the government can detain a person for up to three months under different charges. The government can extend the detention only after the approval from the judicial review board.
Lahore police had made strict security measures around the Lahore High Court building where Saeed and others were presented before the board.
On last Saturday, the Punjab Home Department had withdrawn its request from federal board to seek the extension to detention of Saeed and others under “anti-terrorism act”.
Explaining as to why the government withdrew its application seeking extension to detention of Saeed and others, the Punjab government said since it has extended the detention of Saeed and four others for October 24 under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance 1960, it does not require to have their house arrest extended under the anti- terrorism law.On January 31, Saeed and four others were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under preventative detention under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. However, the last two extensions were made on the ‘public safety law’.