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In Absence Of Evidence, Hafiz Saeed House Arrest May End: Lahore HC

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| October 11 , 2017 , 17:15 IST

Hearing a plea against Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Lahore High Court has told the Pakistani government that if evidence is not submitted against him, they will have to set aside his house arrest.

Chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which is a front for terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest on January 31, after Pakistan faced international pressure to take actions against the terror mastermind living a public life in the country.

Looking to break free from his detention, Saeed had filed a plea in the High Court against his house arrest. The court heard the plea Tuesday and asked the government to provide evidence against him.

Distasted by the house arrest in absence of evidence, the Lahore High Court bench snapped at the government saying, "no citizen can be detained for an extended period on the basis of merely press clippings."

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Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi said, "The conduct of the government shows it has no substantial evidence against the petitioners. The detention of the petitioners will be set aside if no concrete evidence is presented before the court."

Asking for time to file their reply, a government official accompanying the deputy attorney general, told the High Court that the secretary could not come to the proceedings due to an unavoidable issue in Islamabad.

After repeated request for adjournment, the court cracked down on the officers saying that they didn't want the court to work and adjourned hearing till October 13.

Saeed was also looking to make a political debut by coining a political party - Milli Muslim League (MML). However, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had dismissed MML's request to register as a political outfit.