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Policy statement: Hafiz Saeed placed under house arrest

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ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: The government on Monday placed Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and his four aides under detention [house arrest] for their activities to ‘harm peace and security’.

The action came after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the government was taking steps to fulfil its international obligations regarding JuD.

The groups – the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and JuD –have been placed on the watch list and put on the second schedule under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, the interior ministry said in an order.

Hafiz Saeed and his aides have been detained for three months. Saeed was detained at his residence, 116-E, in Johar Town.

Sources in the police told The Express Tribune that they took Hafiz Saeed into custody from Markaz Al-Qadsia, the headquarters of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, and took him to his residence at Johar Town after declaring it a sub-jail, adding the rest were detained in Muridke (two) and one each in Faisalabad and Multan.

A handout issued by the Punjab government said: “In the light of Section 11-EEE(1) of the ATA, the Punjab government has taken organisational office-bearers of the aforementioned organisations playing an active role including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (Lahore), Abdullah Ubaid (Faisalabad), Zafar Iqbal (Markaz Tayyaba Muridke), Abdul Rehman Abid (Markaz Tayyaba Muridke) and Kashif Niazi of Multan into protective custody.”

The interior ministry in its order stated that the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa had been taking steps causing harm to peace and security, and involved in activities that violate UNSC Resolution 1267.

Under Section 11-EEE(1) of the ATA, the federal government, after putting a proscribed person in the fourth schedule, can detain him for a period of 12 months by extending this period from time to time.

The superintendent of police (civil lines division) conveyed the detention orders to Hafiz Saeed and put him under detention. A heavy contingent of police was also present at the headquarters of the JuD.

Later, activists of Jamaatud Dawa held a protest demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club and demanded the release of their leader. Chanting slogans against the government, they accused it of toeing the policies of the US to detain him.

They blocked the road for vehicular traffic and said they would start a protest demonstration if Hafiz Saeed and other FIF and JuD leaders were not released.

Meanwhile, Hafiz Saeed said that his detention orders had come from Washington and not from Islamabad.

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