ISLAMABAD - The federation will challenge the Islamabad High Court order to suspend the detention orders of banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LT) chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) in the Supreme Court.

The sources shared with The Nation that an appeal, drawn by Waqar Rana, additional attorney general, is lying in the Attorney General for Pakistan office, adding it could not be filed on Wednesday as the SC office time was over. The federation has made Lakhvi, area magistrate Islamabad and SSP Islamabad as respondents. Lakhvi faces charges of masterminding the Nov. 26, 2008 attacks in Mumbai. The federal government, after the grant of the post-arrest bail to Lakhvi on December 18, had immediately issued his detention orders for 30 days under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi, the IHC judge, on December 29 had allowed Lakhvi’s conditional release with directions that he deposit Rs 1 million bail bonds with the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) and ensure his presence at every hearing. The bench directed the standing counsel representing the federation to submit a detailed reply on Lakhvi’s petition against detention before January 15.

The ATC had granted bail to Lakhvi but the federal government detained him under MPO, which his counsel termed under Indian government’s pressure.

Govt output a big flop

in 2014: PAT report

Our reporter adds from Islamabad:The Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has issued a fact-finding report on the one-year performance of the federal government and termed the government performance as depressing and far below average. According to the report, five main issues of national interest were constitutional and public issues, loadshedding, local bodies elections, complaints on rigging in elections, free and fair investigation of the Model Town incident and terrorism. However, the federal government did not move an inch forward to resolve these issues.

The report said that the Peshawar school carnage was the worst case of terrorism in the history of the country. It said this issue shook not only the country but also the whole world and despite the passing of 16 days the federal government has failed to show any development on the case.

The icing on the cake is that all the issues agreed during the All Parties Conference are also being ignored due to the incompetence of the rulers and have fallen victim to the lack of confidence of the rulers which is a serious dent to the national confidence.

The date of presidential ordinance on hangings of criminals had expired on 30 October 2013 and the government violated the court orders on the issue without issuing any new ordinance of any executive order. Uncertainty and chaos prevailed in the country but the prime minister ignored all this and went on 14 foreign tours and attended the federal cabinet meetings only four times.

The report says that the federal government could not keep a clean chit on corruption and could not give satisfactory answers on the Rs 500 billion circular debt and the Nandipur Power project.

The cabinet did take notice of the corruption in the Nandipur Power Project, but the investigation report on the issue has never seen the light of the day and has not been made public.