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Punjab challenges TLP chief’s release order in SC

LAHORE:

The provincial government of Punjab on Monday challenged an earlier decision by the Lahore High Court (LHC) for the release of proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Saad Rizvi in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
In its petition, the provincial government made Rizvi’s uncle the respondent in the case and maintained its stance that the release order did not fulfil legal requirements.
The plea added that the LHC was provided a complete record of the case, and defended the government’s decision to put Rizvi under detention.
The Punjab governmenta also prayed upon the apex court to annul LHC’s decision.
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Earlier this month, the LHC declared the second detention of Saad Rizvi illegal and ordered his release.
He was initially detained in April over the charges of inciting his followers to take the law into their hands and was taken into custody after the TLP had held protests to press the government for the expulsion of the French ambassador.
The banned organisation called off its violent protests after the federal government tabled a resolution in the parliament to debate the said expulsion.
Saad is the son of the firebrand cleric and previous head of the TLP, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who died in November last year.

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