LAHORE: The Punjab government has extended the house arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief, Hafiz Saeed, and his four aides for two more months.
He was detained on January 30 this year along with four of his party leaders in Lahore for their alleged involvement in activities prejudicial to peace and security.
They were placed under house arrest for three months.
Afterwards, their house arrest was extended for another 90 days, and now expired on July 27 last month.
On Monday, the Punjab Interior Ministry decided to further extend the detention of Hafiz Saeed and his aides for another two months keeping view ‘chaos’ and unrest in the country, dubbing his release as ‘threat to peace and tranquility’.
The notification was signed by Punjab Additional Chief Secretary (Home) retired Major Azam Suleman.
“Keeping in view the expected release of the said activist and other leaders of the said organisation, workers of the organisation have planned to spread chaos in the country. They have planned to make demonstrations under the leadership of said activist. He will be portrayed as hero and his acts will be glorified,” said the notification.
“Hafiz Saeed is likely to glorify his activities for the JuD and continuation of his activities are likely to create unrest in public,” it further added.
The other top JuD leaders detained along with Hafiz Saeed are: Ubaid, Abdul Rehman Abid, Zafar Iqbal and Qazi Kashif Niazi of Multan.
India accuses Hafiz Saeed of masterminding 2008 Mumbai attacks through Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which he founded in the 1990s.
The U.S. had offered $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed.
Pakistan has denied any state involvement and Saeed has said repeatedly he was not responsible.
The government of Pakistan has placed JuD and Falah-e-Insaaniat Foundation (FIF), a charity organisation affiliated with the JuD, on watch list for six months under Section (1) 11EEE of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 in January.
The names of Hafiz Saeed and several other JuD leaders were also placed on the Exit Control List. – Samaa