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Hafiz Saeed released from house arrest

25 November, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • The JuD head who carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities has been under detention since January this year

26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed is to be released from house arrest in Pakistan, a court has ruled, a move that will further inflame tension with India.

The JuD head, who carries a bounty of Dollars 10 million announced by the USA for his role in terror activities, was set free after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any case.

Hafiz Saeed has been under house arrest since January this year and was detained after enormous pressure on the federal government by the United States (USA) and severe reservations by India.

Saeed has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations and the U.S. for his role in the Mumbai attack which claimed the lives of 166 people and maimed over 300 others.

He even aired a video message shortly after his release, claiming that India's allegation in opposition to him was "false".

According to a BBC report, he said, "India has always levied allegations of terrorism. but Lahore High Court decision has proved that all of India's propaganda is false".

India has also said there is proof that "official agencies" in Pakistan were involved in plotting the attack-a charge Islamabad denies.

He has been deemed as the alleged mastermind of 2008 attacks on the Indian financial hub of Mumbai that killed 166 people.




In 2006, the Pakistani government held him for several months for activities "detrimental" to its relations with other governments.

The assault brought nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India to the brink of war.

He said the government's lawyers had repeatedly argued in court that Saeed was a threat to public safety and that his release could lead to global penalties for Pakistan for not moving against terrorism financing.

In his declaration, he vowed that "I am fighting for Kashmir's independence".

Pakistan officially banned the Lashkar-e-Taiba in 2002.

Following the decision, Saeed told media that an end to his detention was tantamount to the victory of truth and called the decision "a serious blow" to India's demands that he be kept in custody and punished for the 2008 massacre, Dawn online reported.

"The US reiterates its stance that LeT is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens", the spokesperson told PTI. His release came after a three-judge panel dismissed the government's plea to continue his house arrest, which ended Thursday.

MML officials have privately said that the party is controlled by Saeed, but it is not clear if Saeed will seek to contest elections or launch a political career.

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