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The Lahore High Court.—File Photo

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court chief justice on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Interior to explain practical impact of the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions on Pakistani citizens.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial was hearing a petition of the Jamatud Dawa against a ban imposed by the federal government on its activities including collection of hides of sacrificial animals. JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed had filed this petition on the eve of the last Eidul Azha.

A deputy attorney general, Aazar Latif Khan requested the court on Wednesday to dismiss the petition being ineffective. Petitioner’s counsel A.K Dogar, however, asked the court to decide the petition on merit.

The government had imposed the ban on the activities of JuD in the light of a resolution passed by the UN Security Council.

The CJ adjourned further hearing till March 18 and directed the law officer to fetch a reply from the ministry about application of the UN resolution on citizens of Pakistan.

The petitioner had pleaded that the impugned ban was clear violation of the petitioner’s fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan. He said the ban was imposed days before the Eid, which clearly showed mala fide intention of the government. He prayed to the court to set aside the ban.

Hearing refusal Justice Sardar Tariq Masood of the Lahore High Court refused to hear a petition seeking investigation in actress Sapna Khan’s alleged kidnap-cum-murder case by an officer not below the rank of DIG and arrest of PML-N MPA Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa, former husband of the actress who was the nominated accused in the case.

Justice Masood sent the case file to the chief justice to fix it before Justice Sheikh Najamul Hasan who had been hearing the case previously.

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