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Pakistan: Lawyers seek Hafiz Saeed’s release, say Govt. succumbing to “foreign pressure”

Pakistan: Lawyers seek Hafiz Saeed’s release, say Govt. succumbing to “foreign pressure”
A supporter of Islamic charity organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), carries a sign with others as they listen the speech of leaders (unseen) to condemn the house arrest of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of (JuD), during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Branding Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed’s house arrest as “illegal”, the Islamabad Bar Association on Friday approved a resolution seeking his release.

According to Dawn, a general body meeting of the Islamabad bar, in a united voice, criticised the government’s decision to detain the JuD leader.

Ch Ashraf Gujjar, former PML-N candidate for NA-48 and former president of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association, said the house arrest was unjustified when there was no complaint against Hafiz Saeed.

The resolution, which was presented by advocate Faisal Nawaz advocate, claimed the government had given in to foreign pressures, completely ignoring the decisions of the Pakistani courts.

The meeting also said the government should fight cases against Hafiz Saeed in courts.

Even though Saeed’s name had been added to the watchlist of the UN Security Council, there was no provision in the act of the council to place him under house arrest, the resolution added. (ANI)