The Lahore High Court (LHC) today directed the government to stop besetting Hafiz Saeed and allow him to proceed his welfare activities without any hurdle.

Hafiz’s counsel, A.K. Dogar, filed the petition while Justice Ameenud Din Khan heard the case. Justice Khan also asked authorities to submit their reply by April 23 on the petition of Jamat-ud-Dawa’s leader.

Hafiz Saeed averred in his petition that the government is interfering in JuD's social welfare projects only because government has been dragged down by the United States and India for taking action against him. It was also mentioned in the petition that it’s against the constitutional values to ban an social welfare organisation.

Saeed’s counsel urged the court to form a full bench. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the case Justice Khan responded that the decision for forming a full bench would be made on next hearing.

A case of similar nature was also filed by Hafiz Saeed last year through his counsel Dogar before the same Judge. Justice Khan, due to the same nature of cases, decided to club the cases and asked both provincial and federal governments to submit their replies on next hearing that is due on April 23. 

Earlier, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) issued a notification asking citizens to not donate to organisations listed on a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) list of proscribed organisations.

The UNSC sanctions list includes al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, JuD, FiF and other such organisations.

After JuD and FiF were placed on the UNSC list, the interior ministry had written to the provinces asking them to take action.

Hafiz Saeed, who in November last year was set free from a 300-day-long house arrest, has been repeatedly accused by the US and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital that killed 166 people.

He was declared a global terrorist by the US and UN over his alleged role in the Mumbai attacks. JuD is considered by the US and India to be a front for LeT, the militant group blamed for the attacks.