LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday ordered government authorities to allow banned Jamaatud Dawa’s(JuD) Chief Hafiz Saeed to continue his “social welfare activities” and not “harass” him until further orders.
Justice Ameenud Din Khan, who heard the petition filed by A.K. Dogar on Saeed’s behalf, also directed the authorities to submit their responses on the JuD leader’s petition by April 23.
According to the JuD chief’s petition, the government was interfering in his party’s welfare projects because it had bowed down to pressure from India and the United States.
The petition further argued that barring an organisation or party from indulging in charity work goes against the Constitution. Dogar, who was representing Saeed today, urged that since the case was of a “sensitive nature”, the court should form a full bench. Justice Khan responded that the decision to constitute a full bench will be made in the next hearing. After hearing Saeed’s counsel, Justice Khan issued notices to federal and provincial governments and demanded a response on the matter by April 23 and the hearing was adjourned until then.