Justice Farooq Haider of Lahore High Court on Tuesday referred a petition challenging the detention order of Hafiz Saad Rizvi, leader of proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), to the chief justice for a decision whether the case needed to be heard by a single or a division bench.
Judge sent the file to the chief justice and put off further hearing till September 9.
Ameer Hussain, a relative of Hafiz Saad, had filed the petition claiming the detention was extended after a review board of the high court’s judges turned down a government’s request to extend it under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance 1960.
Petitioner’s counsel Burhan Moazam Malik said that the Punjab government with mala fide intention extended for another 90 days detention of Hafiz Saads under section 11 EEE of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. He pleaded that the impugned extension came after a review board of the high court’s judges turned down a government’s request to extend the detention of Hafiza Saad Rizvi under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance 1960.
He asserted that this extension was illegal. He requested the immediate release of Haiz Saad.
The counsel while opposing the petition requested to dismiss it as not maintainable.
After hearing arguments, judge sought assistance whether the provincial government had jurisdiction to extend the detention .
Earlier Hafiz Saad Rizvi was detained after the TLP staged sit-ins across the country demanding the government to expel the ambassador of France in the wake of blasphemous cartoons.
The protesters had turned violent and attacked the police personnel. The government order to detain the petitioner under the ATA 1997 after his 90-day detention expired on July 10 last.