Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to be Released From House Detention

Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to be Released From House Detention

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed will soon walk free after a Pakistani judicial body today ordered his release from house arrest, in a setback to India's efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

The provincial government of Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab had asked for an extension to Saeed's detention but the request was turned down by the court, reports quoting prosecutor Sattar Sahil.

A large number Saeed's supporters who had gathered at the Lahore High Court shouted slogans to show their support to the terrorist.

"The review board looking in to the case. has refused to extend his house arrest as the government failed to provide any evidence against the charges", a spokesman for the party, Ahmed Nadeen said.

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

The authorities, however, chose to keep Hafiz Saeed and his aides under house arrest under Section 3 of the MPO.

The government had earlier told the judicial body that Islamabad might face sanctions from the global community following Hafiz Saeed's release.

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Saeed's supporters chanted slogans in favour of their leader.

Again in October, the board had allowed a 30-day extension to the detention of Saeed which will expire next week.

An official said in a statement, "The government can not afford to set Saeed free in the current circumstance".

Saeed ran the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization, widely believed to be a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group behind the attacks in Mumbai, India, that killed 168 people.

Hafiz Saeed - the head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a charity said by the USA to be a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group - has been under house arrest since January.

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