JuD Chief Hafiz Saad lands in big trouble
LAHORE*: *An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore has fixed December 7 for framing charges of alleged terror financing against Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and others.
Saeed, along with JuD Deputy Emir Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, Hafiz Abdul Salam bin Mohammad, Professor Zafar Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraf, Yahya Aziz and others, was presented before the court on Saturday amid heightened security.
According to Deputy Prosecutor General Abdul Rauf Watoo, the ATC Judge Malik Arshad Bhutta was provided copies of nearly two dozen cases registered against the JuD leaders.
Watoo said as per the law, the trial began after the provision of copies to the court and the first step of a trial is indictment. Later, the state’s counsel requested the court to hold hearings of the case on daily basis since the copies.
Lawyers for the JuD leaders pleaded the court to give them one week so that they could study the documents. When the state counsel pressed for daily hearings, Judge Bhutta said, “The law binds us to hold a fair trial with properly prepared arguments. That is why everyone should be given time.”