Lahore: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed walks free from house arrest

Lahore: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed walks free from house arrest

Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the 2008 Mumbai violence in which 10 gunmen attacked targets in India's largest city, including two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a railway station.

A day after a Pakistan court ordered release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, India expressed "outrage" and said his release confirms "lack of seriousness" on the part of Pakistan's government in bringing to justice perpetrators of heinous acts of terrorism and is an attempt to "mainstream proscribed terrorists".

The JuD chief told that the USA, on India's request, pressured Pakistan to arrest him.

"How will the PML-N government handle the foreign pressure to again detain Saeed is to be seen", they said.

The MEA Spokesperson informed that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will be representing India at the SCO summit in Sochi on 30th November and 1st December.

Radical cleric Hafiz Saeed was released on Friday after less than year under house arrest.

A Judicial Review Board of Pakistan's Punjab province on Wednesday had issued orders to release Saeed, who had been under house arrest since January this year.

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

The move is likely to anger US and Indian officials, who have accused Saeed of helping plan the Mumbai attacks in which 10 gunmen rampaged through India's largest city, shooting up two luxury hotels, a Jewish center, and a train station during a siege that lasted several days. "Now he is a free man", Ahmad said.

I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir.

Punjab Assistant Advocate General Sattar Sahil said the government law officer had presented "some important evidence" to justify Saeed's detention, but all three members of the board unanimously rejected it and ordered his release. "It's because of Kashmir that India is after me, but all her efforts have been in vain and Allah has set me free", he said in the video released by his party's media team.

The US has also made several overtures under Trump for closer relations with India's regional rival, India.

India has asked Pakistan quite often to reinvestigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded the trial of Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in light of the evidence it had provided to Islamabad.

"Saeed was also individually designated by the United Nations under UNSCR 1267 (UN Security Council Resolution) in December 2008 following the November 2008 Mumbai attack", the official said.

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