LAHORE - A division bench of Lahore High Court on Monday admitted for regular hearing a petition, pleading for quashing two cases registered against chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JD) Hafiz Mohammad Saeed for delivering a speech, exhorting the Muslims to fight against eh United States, Israel, India etc. The bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and Justice Sh Najam-ul-Hassan also issued notices to the secretary Home Punjab and two SHOs of police stations Madina Colony and Peoples Colony, Faisalabad, directing them to file replies till October 12. The cases against Hafiz Saeed were registered in Faisalabad on September 16 under section 11-F (4) of the Anti-Terrorism Act. Petitioners counsel AK Dogar stated that a full bench of Lahore High Court had released Saeed on June 2, 2009 while accepting a habeas corpus petition. He said his release caused uproar in India, which continued pressing Pakistan government to take action against Hafiz Saeed. He alleged that this pressure climaxed into the FIRs registration against the petitioner on the ground that he delivered objectionable speeches, inviting people to launch Jihad (holy war) against the USA, Israel, India and other forces as they are conspiring to destroy Pakistans nuclear assets. It was alleged that Hafiz Saeed urged people not to bow before these forces and participate in the struggle against these forces. Dogar asserted that cases registered under the provision were not applicable to the JD as it was not a proscribed organisation. Earlier, the state counsel failed to produce any notification issued by the federal government for banning the JD. The counsel argued that Hafiz had delivered speeches in Faisalabad during iftar and sehar, urging the people to lead their lives according to the Quran and Sunnah. He said the petitioner urged them never to forget launching jihad against the evil forces. Dogar said the FIRs had been registered 19 days after the so-called occurrences, which speaks of deliberations and preparation of a scheme for involving Hafiz Saeed in any case whatsoever so as to appease India. He alleged that the rulers were pursuing foreign agenda and had made Pakistan a semi-sovereign country. He requested the court to quash both the cases.