LAHORE -  The High Court has ordered the Counter Terrorism Department officials to stop harassing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazal) member Saqib Farooqi.

Farooqi had filed a petition, submitting the officials of CTD Jaranwala were raiding his house over and again on pretext of associating him with sectarianism. He denied any involvement in religious sectarianism, saying he is merely a political worker.

He prayed the court to direct the authorities not to harass him and refrain from conducting such raids at his house. The LHC judge ordered the CTD officials to produce evidence, if any, against Farooqi on the next hearing - August 24.

In another case, a division bench of LHC directed the Counter Terrorism Department to submit incriminating material against an accused of spreading religious hatred. A bench headed by Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu and Justice Erum Sajad Gull was hearing petition of Hasan Zaheer Sheikh who submitted in his plea that he was implicated by CTD in a fake case and had no links with any hate campaign. Sheikh alleged CTD kept him in illegal confinement from May 28 and put his detention on record on June 14 by implicating him in a fake case. He requested the court to release him on bail and take action against the officials responsible for keeping him in illegal detention.

However, CTD inspector Tariq Mahmood submitted that Sheikh was involved in religious hate campaign. The officials, during a raid, found 27 volumes of different pamphlets carrying hate material, he told the bench. 90,000 rupees were also found from his pocket, he added. The bench directed the inspector to produce the evidences against the accused in court on August 17.