LAHORE: Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed once again challenged his likely arrest allegedly at the behest of the United States and India in the Lahore High Court here on Tuesday.

Hafiz Saeed moved the petition through his counsel Advocate A.K. Dogar, submitting that a delegation of the United Nations was coming to Pakistan on Jan 26 and there was a possibility of strict action against him on part of the government. He said he was founder/chairman of JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and had established 142 schools and three universities. He said he had been engaged in public welfare activities for the last many years.

The petitioner said the Punjab government kept him under detention for 90 days and a review board consisting of judges of the high court finally ordered his release, as the government had failed to justify his detention in the board. He submitted that the government had taken action against him under the pressure of the United States and the Indian lobby. He said it was a baseless allegation that he was involved in Mumbai attacks.  The petitioner asked the court to bar the federal government from taking any adverse action against him on the arrival of a UN delegation and order it to ensure his fundamental rights as a citizen of Pakistan.–Staff Reporter

 On Nov 22, a review board consisting of judges of the Lahore High Court had ordered his release, turning down government’s plea seeking extension in the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed.

The review board headed by LHC Justice Abdul Sami Khan passed the orders after a senior finance ministry official failed to convince the board that Saeed’s release would bring diplomatic and financial problems to the country.