Mumbai 26/11 attacks: Mastermind of Mumbai attack freed by Pakistan court

Geneva Matthews
November 23, 2017

Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's release order by a Pakistani judicial body shows how Pakistan is "hoodwinking" the global community on the issue of terrorism, government sources said on Wednesday.

"The US is aware of media reports that Pakistan (court) ordered release of Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed from house arrest", a State Department spokesperson told PTI when asked about the decision of the Judicial Review Board of Punjab province which refused to extend Saeed's detention.

Directing the Pakistan government to release Saeed, the board said, "The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case". Last month, the Judicial Review Board had allowed a 30-day extension to his house arrest.

Saeed's advocate A.K. Dogar earlier said the JuD leaders had been detained merely on the basis of allegations, without any substantial evidence against them, and called the call for extending the detention "illegal" and a "violation of basic rights". "Hafiz Saeed always worked for Pakistan and the government could not prove any allegation against him", he said.

Responding to a question, the State Department was quick to express its displeasure over the potential release of Saeed from house arrest. "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.

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Radical cleric Hafiz Saeed will be released this week after serving less than year in detention, the Lahore High Court decided on Wednesday.

On January 31, Saeed and four aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain - were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

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

The Nariman House in Mumbai following the November 2008 terrorist attack.

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