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Replies sought on bail plea of ‘banned outfit members’

Replies sought on bail plea of ‘banned outfit members’

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench on Monday issued notices to Punjab home department and police on a bail petition of two alleged members of a defunct organisation.

Maulana Munawar Hassan and Mufti Abdul Rauf stated through their counsel that the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had arrested them on July 2 at a Gujranwala mosque on charges of collecting funds for the defunct Jaish-i-Muhammad and preaching jihad.

The counsel argued that the petitioners neither had any link with terrorism activities nor did they belong to any defunct outfit. He said the CTD had arrested his clients on baseless allegations and prayed to the court to release the petitioners on bail.

The bench, comprising Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq and Justice Erum Sajjad Gull, directed the home department and police concerned to submit their replies within two weeks.

DETENTION: The LHC sought a complete inquiry report from the Punjab home department on a petition filed by an alleged member of banned outfit against his detention under the maintenance of public order (MPO).

Qari Muhammad Ismail, the petitioner, argued through his counsel that following directions of the CTD, the Faisalabad district coordination officer had issued detention orders for him and he had been languishing behind the bars since June 19. He denied having involvement in any terrorism activity or affiliation with any banned organisation. He said no inquiry report against him had been submitted before any court so far.

A section officer of the home department sought time to submit inquiry report. The court allowed the time and adjourned the hearing until Aug 30.

Published in Dawn, August 18th, 2015

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