LAHORE - A three-member Full Bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered the release of Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and Col (r) Nazir Ahmad after accepting a habeas corpus writ petition. The Courts verdict, read out by Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, was met with cheers and cries of Allah-o-Akbar by the overjoyed JD supporters gathered at the court. They later led a victory march through the premises of the Lahore High Court with petitioners counsel, AK Dogar, at the forefront. The Court observed that the respondents failed to produce sufficient material against the detenue. A short order later released by the court states: 'We have held that this writ petition in the form of habeas corpus is maintainable as prima facie that the govt has no sufficient grounds to detain the petitioners for the preventive measures. 'So far as the resolution of the UN is concerned, there is no matter before us about its vires (power) and the govt can act upon the same in letter and spirit if so advised. But relying on the same the detention cannot be maintained as it was even not desired thereby. Hafiz Saeed had remained in detention for five months and 21 days after his arrest on December 11,2008. Dogar closed his arguments on Tuesday by reiterating that the UN Security Council resolution 1267 which targets JuD makes no mention of detaining its leaders or members but instead imposes a travel ban, arms embargo and freezing of the assets. He further said: 'JuD is a peaceful organisation. They do not wield arms. Why to bother them and why to create hatred in the minds of youngsters?. In response to the govts contention that the petitioners detention is in the public interest, Dogar quoted a 1993 UK judgement which held that 'the rule of law prevails over the public interest when prosecuting a crime. Earlier, AK Dogar submitted that the govts intention were malafide and part of a grand plan conceived by the West to harm Islam. He stated that JD followers were good Muslims who followed the example of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is termed the 'single most influential figure in history by Michael H Hart, an American historian, he added. Dogar further contended in his arguments that the victims of the Marriot blast in Islamabad were bad Muslims. Replying for the govt, acting Advocate General (Punjab) Raza Farooq said that the decision of a three-member review board of the LHC was a collective decision of the court. Responding to Dogars contention that the petitioners had not been given access to a counsel at the time of their detention and were not apprised of their charges, Farooq said that even if a lapse had occurred it was subsequently rectified through the present proceedings where the petitioners did have access to counsel and were made aware of the reasons behind their detention. Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Naveed Inayat Malik cited a procedural 'error in the habeas corpus petition saying the affidavit had been signed by a non-petitioner, however, Dogar contended that any person knowledgeable about an illegal detention can sign the affidavit. The DAG further said that although Dogar had cited Article 10(1) of the Constitution in defence of the petitioners, his arguments do not hold ground under clause three which holds that it is not necessary to show grounds for detention in the case of preventive detention. On May 30, the Attorney General of Pakistan had presented evidence in-chambers linking JuD to al Qaeda. On May 2, a three-member review board of the LHC had extended the duos detention by 60 days while releasing two others. Justice Hasnat Ahmad Khan and Justice Zubda-tul-Hussain were the other members of the bench. According to details, District Coordinator Officer Lahore on December 11, 2008 in the wake of UN resolution had passed one month detention order against six JuD leaders, including its chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed on the suspicion of organisations involvement in Mumbai attacks. UN had declared the outfit a terrorist group, ordered closing down of JuD offices and frozen its accounts. Later, Home Department on January 2,2009 extended detention order for further 60 days. After the completion of three months detention they were produced before a review board of the Lahore High Court on March 5. The board comprising three judges had extended for further 60 days the detention of Hafiz Saeed, Col (Retd) Nazir Ahmed, Mufti Abdur Rehman and Ameer Hamza while released two leaders including Qazi Kashif Niaz and Qari Yasin Baloch. Meanwhile, Hafiz Saeed and others challenged their detention in the LHC through a Constitutional petition, pleading that their detention was illegal. Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry after hearing the preliminary arguments referred the case to LHC CJ for constitution of a larger bench to adjudicate the matter. CJ constituted a full bench of three judges that released Hafiz Saeed and Nazir Ahmad on Tuesday. During the pendency of the Constitutional petition the four leaders were again brought before the review board on May 5 that further extended detention of Hafiz and Col(Retd) Nazir for 60 days while released Maulana Ameer Hamza and Mufti Abdur Rehman. And after a hearing of one month the court finally released both of them. Attorney General Sardar Latif Khan Khosa said the govt would go through the detailed judgment before deciding whether to appeal against it. Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister has vowed to challenge Hafizs release order in the apex court. Terming the court verdict a victory of truth and justice, Hafiz Saeed said that allegations of involvement of his organisation in terrorist activities were false and frivolous. He was talking to the newsmen after the Lahore High Court released him from house arrest here on Tuesday. He said that the court orders had proved that JuD was not a terrorist organisation and all allegations were false. He said India has failed to provide any evidence regarding JuDs involvement in Mumbai attacks. He alleged that the govt tried its level best to prove outfit a terrorist outfit by establishing its links with al Qaeda. He said all allegations were baseless and organisation was targeted merely due to Indian propaganda. He said India has targeted JuD due to the reason that it was raising voice against illegal occupation of Kashmir. To a question, Hafiz Saeed said that he would contest his case if the govt moved to the Apex Court against the LHC decision. Opposing military drive in Swat, he stressed upon resolving issues in a peaceful manner.