Pakistan Extends Detention Of Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan told a judicial review board that Saeed is spreading terrorism in the name of Jihad, while Saeed argued that he was detained to stop him from raising voice for Kashmiris’.

New Delhi: The interior ministry of Pakistan has accepted before a judicial review board that Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed is spreading terrorism in the name of Jihad.

The Interior ministry of Pakistan told a judicial review board on Saturday that Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and his four aides were detained for spreading terrorism in the name of Jihad.

Meanwhile, Saeed told the board that he was detained by the Pakistani government to stop him from raising voice for Kashmiris’.

But, the interior ministry which rejected Saeed’s argument asserted before the three-member board that Saeed and his four aides were detained for spreading terrorism in the name of jihad.

The board comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan of the Supreme Court, Justice Ayesha A Malik of Lahore High Court and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail of Balochistan High Court directed the ministry to submit a complete record regarding detention of Hafiz Saeed and his aides on next hearing on May 15.

The board also sought personal appearance of the attorney general of Pakistan on next hearing.  Saeed’s counsel AK Dogra was also present at Lahore registry of the apex court to argue for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) but, Saeed chose to plead his case.

A federal interior ministry official told the board that JuD leader was detained on the pressure of United Nations and International organisations. While Saeed stuck to his argument that he was detained to stop raising voice for freedom of Kashmir. He also pleaded the board to set aside the detention order passed by Punjab government.

The detention of Saeed and his four aides was extended by Punjab government for another 90 days under preventative detention under 11 EEE (I) and 11D of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

The issue of extension by the government was raised by Lahore High Court division bench last Thursday. It asked why Saeed and others were not presented at the review board before the government issued an extension of their detention orders.

The government also placed JuD and FIF under the second schedule of the anti-terrorism act.

Meanwhile, Nawaz government is said to have taken action against Saeed only after the US told them if they don’t take action against Saeed and JuD they will have to face sanctions. JuD is said to be the front for the banned Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT). The organisation has been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014.

Meanwhile, there were many reports stating that China wanted Hafeez Saeed arrested and not America. China which wants its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to be completed without any hurdles doesn’t want the relationship between India- Pakistan on tenterhooks.

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