The Lahore High Court on Wednesday gave the federal government till September 30 to file its reply in a petition filed by Jamatud Dawa (JD) chief Hafiz Saeed for the implementation of a unanimous resolution passed by Parliament against US drone attacks in Pakistan.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed accepting the request of a deputy attorney general, warned him that no additional time would be granted.
Hafiz Saeed’s constitutional petition through his counsel AK Dogar, has prayed that the federal government be directed to make public information in all matters of public importance as mandated by Article 19-A of the Constitution, especially the ‘secret deals’ with the US.
The petitioner has asked the court to declare that pre-emptive strikes by foreign countries are illegal and every citizen has a right to claim protection.
The petition says that the resolution passed by a joint session of the National Assembly on May 14, 2011 is the voice of the people and needs to be implemented.
He has also sought a court declaration that the federal government had acted against the general will, collective wisdom and its obligation to exercise its powers and authority through its chosen representatives of the people.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2011.