LAHORE Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Monday restrained the federal and provincial authorities from handing over six American nationals, suspected terrorists arrested from Sargodha, to America or to any other country. The Chief Justice also sought a report from the Home Secretary Punjab in this regard till December 17. Additional Advocate-General Faisal Zaman Khan was directed to seek report from the Home Secretary and submit it to the court. All the government functionaries, Federal Government or provincial government are directed not to hand over the said alleged detenues to the American agency or foreign agency, the Chief Justice said in his order. Justice Khawaja Sharif passed this order on a petition filed by Khalid Khawaja of Defence Human Rights through his counsel Tariq Asad. The counsel submitted that police had arrested Ahmad Abdullah Mani, Waqar Hussain, Ramay S Zaman, Iman Hassan Yamar, Omar Farooq and Khalid Farooq, all US nationals. He said that after the arrest of these alleged terrorists a special team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the American investigation agency, had arrived in the country to investigate the matter. The counsel quoted the FBI officials as saying that they wanted the arrested persons returned to America as they had not been charged under Pakistans law and it was not clear what they would be charged under the US law. He said the arrested persons had not been produced before any court of law which suggested that the government might hand them over to American agencies. The counsel pleaded that under Article 10 of the Constitution every person who was arrested and detained would be produced before a magistrate within a period of 24 hours and no such person would be kept in custody beyond the said period without authority from a magistrate. He further pleaded that a person whether Pakistani citizen or foreign national arrested in the country, was required to be tried under law of the land before Pakistani courts. He said the American intervention into the matter was against the independence of the State guaranteed under the United Nations Charter and investigation by foreign diplomats was against the law, integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan. The counsel prayed to the court that the authorities should be directed to produce the arrested persons before a competent court of law in Pakistan. He further requested the court to restrain the Federal as well provincial authorities from handing over the detainees to United States or any other foreign country.