Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest extended for 30 days

Vastavam web: Mumbai attack mastermind and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest was on Thursday extended for another 30 days by a Judicial Review Board of Pakistan’s Punjab province.Saeed’s aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain ? may walk out free on the expiry of their September 25 detention order if they are not detained in any other case.Saeed and his four aides were presented before the provincial judicial review board today amid high security in the Lahore High Court.

A court official told after the hearing that the Home Department of Punjab government had sought three months extension to the detention of Saeed and others under public safety law.”The judicial board after listening to the arguments of the government?s law officer did not entertain his request and only granted 30-day extension to Saeed?s house arrest in Lahore,” he said.The board also could not be convinced about keeping Saeed?s four aides in detention beyond the expiry of September 25 detention order for a month and dismissed the government?s plea for further extension to their detention, he said.

Last Saturday the Punjab Home Department had withdrawn its request from federal judicial review board to seek extension to detention of Saeed and others under “Anti- Terrorism Act”.Explaining as why the government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 the last week of this month under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance 1960 it does not require to have their house arrest extended under the anti-terror law.