Let Hafiz Saeed continue his “welfare activities, don’t harass him: from Pakistani court to government
Islamabad: Lahore High Court on Thursday ordered government officials not to “harass” banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader and 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and allow him to prosecute its “social protection activities”.
The founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) alleged in a petition that the government was interfering with his party’s social projects because he had bowed to pressure from India and the United States, Dawn reported in line.
The petition argued that banning an organization or party from engaging in charitable work was unconstitutional.
Judge Ameenud Din Khan, who heard the petition filed by lawyer AK Dogar on behalf of Saeed, also ordered authorities to submit their responses by April 23.
Saeed had filed an almost identical petition via Dogar to the same judge in March. This time, Judge Khan ordered the federal and provincial governments to submit their responses by April 27.
However, due to the similar nature of the two motions, the court decided to dismiss the cases.
After hearing Saeed’s arguments at Thursday’s hearing, Judge Khan again sent notices to the federal and provincial governments, directing them to file their responses. The hearing was then adjourned until April 23.
On January 1, Pakistan’s Securities and Exchange Commission banned JuD and several other such organizations named in a list of outfits banned by the UN Security Council from collecting donations in the country.
The federal government followed suit on February 12, with President Mamnoon Hussain amending the Anti-Terrorism Law (ATA) of 1997 and enacting the Amended Anti-Terrorism Ordinance of 2018, following which UN banned personnel were also banned at Pakistan. .
Earlier this week, the United States designated the LeT political front, the Milli Muslim League (MML), as well as another front organization, Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir (TAJK), as groups foreign terrorists.