Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh of Lahore High Court on disposed of as infratuous a habeas corpus petition seeing release of leader of proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Saad Rizvi.
During the hearing of this petition on Thursday, a provincial law officer inform that the Supreme Court had remanded the matter of Hafiz Saad detention to a division bench of the high court for a fresh decision. He said that in presence of the apex court order the habeas corpus petition had become infractuous and it should be dismissed.
He also submitted a copy of the apex court’s order before the court.
At this, the judge disposed of the petition as infractuous.
Hafiz Saar’s uncle Ameer Hussain had filed this petition submitting that the court had on October 1 had set aside the detention of the TLP leader and directed the government to release him if not required in any case. He alleged that the government instead of releasing Hafiz Saad had extended his detention through a federal review board.
He further alleged that the act of the government was contempt of the court and the detention of Rizvi was illegal.
The government later withdrew its application before the federal review board but did not release Hafiz Saad.
On behalf of the provincial government an appeal had been filed before Supreme Court against the LHC order whereby the detention of Hafiz Saad was set aside. The apex court had suspended the operations of the LHC single bench order and remanded the case for a fresh decision by a division bench.
The detention of Hafiz Saad had come after his organisation (TLP) staged sit-ins across the country demanding the government to expel the ambassador of France in the wake of blasphemous cartoons. The TLP protesters had turned violent and attacked the police personnel.