LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Friday restrained authorities from restricting free movement of renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and issued contempt notices to DIG Islamabad and other respondents. Dr AQ Khan had challenged his official protocol terming it violation of his fundamental rights. His counsel Barrister Syed Ali Zafar argued before the court of Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry that Dr Khan had earlier filed a petition challenging his virtual house arrest by the former Musharraf regime under the garb of providing security. The counsel submitted that after lengthy arguments Islamabad High Court had declared Dr Qadeer Khan to be a 'free citizen. He further submitted that on voluntary basis since the govt wanted to provide security to him in view of the sensitive status, Dr AQ Khan had agreed to a security protocol which was attached with the order of the court. Barrister Ali Zafar stated that the security protocol provided for things like informing the security agencies in advance of his whereabouts so that proper security facilities could be provided to him. He submitted that in violation of the court orders and the security package agreed between the parties, Dr Qadeer Khan was being restrained at his house. An example was quoted in which Dr Khan was put under virtual house arrest when he wanted to attend a function of his granddaughter. Justice Ijaz Chaudhry after hearing the arguments directed the govt that it will not restrain Dr Qadeer Khan in any manner. The court further directed that prima facie contempt of court has been committed and ordered that show-cause notices be issued to the police and administration involved. DIG, SSP, ASP of Islamabad police, Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner and City Magistrate Islamabad were made respondents in the petition. The case is now fixed for September 4, 2009.