Pak to file separate petiton over Saeed's release

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Islamabad, Jul 5 : Following the Punjab government's decision to challenge the Lahore High Court's (LHC) verdict of releasing the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafeez Muhammad Saeed and Colonel (retired) Nazir Ahmad, now the federal government has also decided to file a separate petition against the verdict.

"We are filing the appeal because we are not satisfied with the order of the LHC. The federal government's challenge was almost ready, but it could not file the petition on Saturday as the representative of Punjab government was not available on time," The Dawn quoted the Deputy Advocate General, Shah Khawar, as saying.

On June 2, a full bench of the Lahore High Court had ordered Saeed's release from house arrest on the basis of a habeas corpus petition filed by his lawyer. Saeed was put under house arrest on December 11 last year, day after the JuD, the political wing of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was declared a terrorist group by the United Nations (UN).

ANI

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