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Drone attacks case; LHC seeks arguments on maintainability.

LAHORE -- Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial Thursday sought arguments on maintainability of the petition against drone attacks.

The chief justice directed Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Yasmeen Sehgal to forward arguments regarding maintainability issue on next date of hearing, April 4.The chief justice was hearing petition filed by Jamatud Dawa Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed seeking end to US drone attacks in Pakistan.

Earlier, petitioner's counsel AK Dogar arguing before the court submitted that the government had legal right to defend its sovereignty and destroy drones as per international laws. He contended that nobody could be allowed to carry drone attacks on pretext of terrorism.

The DAG contended that the LHC could not hear the matter as it did not fall under its jurisdiction. She contended that only the Supreme Court had jurisdiction to hear the matter. She further pointed out that the parliament had already passed a resolution on the issue.

However, the court directed DAG to forward further arguments regarding maintainability and adjourned the matter till April 4.

The petitioner, in his petition, prayed the court to pass directions to the federal government to take steps for stopping drone attacks which he said was an attack on the sovereignty of Pakistan.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Mar 15, 2013
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