RAWALPINDI: Lahore High Court has asked Punjab Home Department to take a decision before the expiry of the period of detention on merit.

The court remarked that following the acquittal by the trial court upon the order of district administration detention is not unlawful. Justice Mohammad Tariq Abbasi of LHC Rawalpindi Bench added that if applicant understands that the decision of detention is against the court order, he should file a contempt of court application.

On Thursday during hearing district administration in reference to the detention of the accused filed reply.

Accused were represented by Malik Jawad Khalid Advocate and Rao Abdul Rehim Advocate whereas the government was represented by Assistant advocate General Punjab Nadeem Bhatti who appeared in the court.

Nadim Bhatti told the court that following the expiry of the one month detention of the accused Additional Secretary Home Punjab extended the detention for two months, which was not challenged by the accused.

However the prayers against detention are not maintainable. Following this the court sent the applications against the detention to Additional Secretary Home Punjab and ordered that Punjab government by deciding the case on merit  should dispose of the case within the suitable time frame.

The accused under detention in Adiala Jail are Sher Zaman, Husnain Gul and Rafaqat Hussain had challenged the detention through Malik Jawad Khalid Advocate.

It is not out of place to mention here that in the murder case of Benazir  the Anti Terrorism Court Rawalpindi had acquitted the five accused in honourable way on August 31.

Later on under the order of the Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi they were put under detention for one month. However before the expiry of the detention period, Additional Chief Secretary Home Punjab Major (Retired) Azeem Suleman had ordered to further extend their detention for two months.

The accused under detention are Rafaqat Hussain, Husnain Gul, Qari Abdul Rashid Taravi, Aitzaz Shah and Sher Zaman.