Lahore: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday granted bail to Mumbai terror attack mastermind and terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and three others. According to Dawn News, the decision has been taken in a case of use of Madarsa land for illegal activities.
In addition to Saeed, Hafiz Masood, Amer Hamza and Malik Zafar have been granted interim bail on a bond of 50,000 Pakistani rupees till August 31, according to the report. During the hearing, the legal counsel of the accused requested the court to accept the bail plea saying that the Jamaat-ud-Dawa was not illegally using any piece of land. Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court issued notice to the federal government, the Punjab government and the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) about a petition filed by Saeed and seven of his associates, challenging a case by the CTD.
A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court has asked the parties to submit their replies within two weeks. A federal government lawyer has objected to the notice. The bench, however, rejected the objection and deferred the proceedings till July 30. According to a joint petition filed in early July, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa leaders have stated with facts that they have been illegally identified as members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organization, according to the case registered on July 1.