JuD chiefs wife files petition challenging Hafiz Saeeds detention

March 6th, 2009 - 9:38 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Mar 6 (ANI): A Pakistani court on Friday directed authorities to respond within a week to a petition filed by Jamaat- ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeeds wife, Memoona Saeed, challenging the governments decision to detain Saeed.

Justice Khurshid Anwar Bhinder of the Lahore High Court disposed of the petition on Wednesday and directed the Punjab home secretary to respond within one week to her plea.

The judge also said the authorities would face contempt of court proceedings if they failed to respond to the plea.

The petitioner submitted that the government detained her husband only to please the US and India without giving any valid reason.

Memoona said on December 12, 2008 the Lahore district coordination officer had issued detention orders for Hafizs detention with a note that the reasons would be mentioned later. But on January 10, the Punjab Home Department again issued two-month detention orders without giving any reason.

She claimed that Jamaatud Dawa was basically a social welfare organisation and had provided rehabilitation services to earthquake victims in Kashmir and NWFP.

A law officer of the provincial government opposed the petition and also requested the court to allow the Home Department one-month time to decide the representation of the petitioner.

The judge, however, did not accept the request and directed the Home Department to decide on the representation within one week. (ANI)

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