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No violation of law in Saeed's detention: Pak govt tells court

JuD, FIF had been kept under observation on basis of report sent by the ministry of foreign affairs

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

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A Pakistani police officer escorts Hafiz Saeed (left), Chief of Pakistan's religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, outside the party's headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday. File Photo: PTI

The Pakistani government has told the that no violation of law has been made in the detention of mastermind and chief and his four aides.

The government also told the court that it has reasons to believe that (JuD) and its sister organisation (FIF) were engaged in activities which can be prejudicial to peace and security.

In a written reply submitted to the court yesterday, the federal interior ministry defended the detention of the leaders on January 30, saying the action has been taken under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, which deals with the proscription of persons.

The ministry said that the and had been kept under observation on the basis of a report sent by the ministry of foreign affairs.

"In light of that report, the federal government had reasons to believe that and were engaged in certain activities which could be prejudicial to peace and security and in violation of Pakistan's obligation to the United Nations Security Council resolution," it said.

The interior ministry requested the court to dismiss the petition of Saeed and his aides challenging their detention.

The division bench headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan examined the report and adjourned the hearing on the petition till April 27.

The government on January 30 had put Saeed and the four leaders of the JuD and under house arrest in Lahore under the country's

Saeed along with Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid, Qazi Kashif Hussain and Abdullah Ubaid filed the petition in the through senior advocate A K Dogar.

Saeed and his aides allege in their petition that the government detained them without any legal justification.

Saeed was also put under house arrest after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, but he was freed by a court in 2009.

Saeed has a bounty of $10 million on his head for his role in terror activities.

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 21:41 IST