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Hafiz Saeed’s detention does not violate law, says Pakistan government

In its reply to Lahore High Court, the Pakistan government has said that there is no violation of law in the detention of Hafiz Saeed and four of his accomplishes. It may be recalled that Hafiz Saeed is wanted by the Indian government, since he was the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Hafiz Saeed is the chief of terrorist organization Jamaat-ud-Dawah. The Pakistan government told the Lahore High Court that it has evidence to support the fact that Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and its sister organization Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) were involved in activities that could be a threat to peace and security.

The written reply was provided by Pakistan’s federal Interior Ministry. The reply defends the action taken to arrest JuD leaders under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. The ministry has stated that both JuD and FIF were being constantly monitored by intelligence agencies and during their surveillance, it was found that these organizations were involved in certain activities that could destabilize peace and security in the region. Such activities were also in violation of the country’s obligation to the United Nations Security Council resolution. The ministry has asked the court to dismiss the plea that challenges the detention of JuD leaders.

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