Pak law board rejects govt's 'international pressure' assertion as ground for Hafiz Saeed's detention

The three-member law board, which took up the matter on Saturday, has also asked the government to give in writing the reasons for Saeed's house arrest.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: May 14, 2017, 23:56 PM IST
Pak law board rejects govt's 'international pressure' assertion as ground for Hafiz Saeed's detention

New Delhi: Pakistan's Federal Review Board has rubbished the Nawaz Sharif-led government's assertion that the Mumbai attack mastermind, Hafiz Saeed has been detained due to international pressure.

The three-member law board, which took up the matter on Saturday, has also asked the government to give in writing the reasons for Saeed's house arrest, Pak daily The Nation reported.

Interior Ministry's spcl secretary Ahmad Raza, Addl Attorney General Naseer Bhutta and Asst Advocate General Sattar Sahil represented the government.

The JuD chief was also produced before the board.

The interior ministry submitted that Hafiz Saeed has been detained due to security risks and international pressure.

A law officer said Saeed motivated people for Jihad and terrorism.

However, the board said that “international pressure” cannot be a ground for his detention and Saeed must be tried in accordance with Pakistani laws.

Saeed and his five aides had challenged their extended detention on April 30.