Militant Leader Hafiz Saeed Is Released by Pakistani Court

US Senate's Pass To LeT May've Emboldened Pakistan To Release Hafiz Saeed

US Senate's Pass To LeT May've Emboldened Pakistan To Release Hafiz Saeed

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed walked free after a Pakistani judicial body ordered his release from house arrest on Wednesday.

The US had announced a bounty of $10 million for the banned JuD leader for his involvement in terror activities.

However, the board remained unsatisfied with the government's point of view and set aside the detention of Saeed and ordered his release.

Commenting on this, Kazmi said, "Neither the Pakistan Government, nor the judiciary had any intention from day one to punish these culprits".

Pakistan's release of 26/11 massacre principal Hafiz Saeed, nearly on the anniversary of the carnage in Mumbai, follows the United Statestaking the heat off Islamabad insofar as action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba was concerned.

In a video tweeted by a handle linked to the Jamaat-ed-Dawa, Saeed said that he is struggling for "Kashmir's independence" and said India was responsible for his detention.

The official also told the board that the Federal finance ministry has "some important evidence" against Saeed to justify his detention.

The Pakistan government has reportedly told a judicial body that the country could face global sanctions if Jamaat leader Hafiz Sayeed is released from house arrest.

The court had warned the government last month that it would end Saeed's house arrest if enough evidence was not submitted against him.

On January 31, Saeed and his 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 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which India accuses of carrying out terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Mumbai attack on November 26th, 2008. Previously, the review board had extended detention of Hafiz Saeed for another 30-days starting from October 25.

Ten LeT militants killed 166 people and wounded hundreds in Mumbai in November, 2008.

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