The Lahore High Court has restrained the Pakistan government from taking any illegal action against Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
Saeed had approached the court fearing possible arrest on account of a UN delegation arriving on Friday to monitor measures taken by the government against organizations listed on the UN's terror watch list.
Justice Aminuddin Khan issued the stay order at the first hearing of Saeed's petition, challenging his possible arrest, reports Dawn newspaper.
Advocate A.K. Dogar argued that a delegation of the United Nations was arriving in the country on Jan 26 and the government of Pakistan intended to take action against his client "to please the American and Indian lobby".
The court directed the Ministry of Interior and Punjab home department to file written replies to the petition by March 7.
The Jamaat-ud-Dawa is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 people. It has been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014.