Lahore high court has ordered the Pakistani government to not harass terrorist Hafiz Saeed, so he can go on his ‘social welfare activities’, reported the country’s Express Tribune news outlet.
The same court in November freed Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, from house arrest. Its order to stop Saeed’s harassment came on Tuesday, the same day that the US sanctioned the terrorist’s political outfit , the Milli Muslim League.
According to Tuesday’s order, the “no harassment” policy must continue “until further orders”, said the Tribune.
The instruction also appears two months after Pakistan launched a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by Saeed. As well, it appears about a month after news that terror financing watchdog was putting Pakistan back on a ‘grey list’ for not taking adequate measures to curb terror-related financial crimes.
The court’s order was on a petition filed by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), an organisation founded by Saeed. The JuD was petitioning against government-issued barriers to curtail its ‘social welfare activities’. The petition also said the Pakistan government is trying to curb the JuD’s ‘welfare activities’ under pressure from the US and India.
“To stop a person or an organization from welfare activities is against the Constitution,” the JuD’s petition read.
In connection with this JuD petition, the court also sent notices to the federal government and the government of its Punjab province. It sought a reply from both parties by April 23.