Saeed files petition against US drone attacks



Lahore: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed on Tuesday filed a petition in a Pakistani court demanding the implementation of a resolution unanimously passed by parliament to stop US drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

Saeed filed the constitutional petition through his counsel A K Dogar in the Lahore High Court.

He asked the court to direct the federal government to make public information in all matters of public importance, including "secret deals" with the US, as Article 19-A of the Constitution entitles every citizen to have access to such information.

He asked the court to declare that pre-emptive strikes by foreign countries were not permitted by international law and therefore, every man, woman and child has the right to claim to be protected.

Saeed said the resolution passed by a joint session of the two houses of parliament on May 14 was the voice of the people and needs to be implemented so that the people can live in dignity like the citizens of a respectable, independent sovereign nation.

He also sought a declaration from the court that the federal government had acted against the general will, collective wisdom and obligation to exercise its powers and authority through the chosen representatives of the people.

Dogar said the President, Prime Minister and all state functionaries should be made to follow the life of Prophet Mohammed and asked to vacate the presidency, Prime Minister's House and other such residences and live in smaller houses like other common people to get rid of foreign debt and borrowing.

PTI