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

Hafiz Saeed

Hafiz Saeed

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attack, has been set free by a Pakistani court, his spokesperson has said.

They are Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain.

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.

"We plead the board not to order the release of Saeed as Pakistan may face global sanctions", an official of the department had requested.

Last month, the board had allowed 30-day extension to the detention of Saeed which will expire in a couple of days.

In the Mumbai terror attack 9 years ago, 166 innocent people had lost their lives.

Hafiz Saeed term will be expiring next week. "It can not face global backlash in the event of releasing the JuD chief", an official source told PTI.

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.

"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 banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head, who carries a bounty of Dollars 10 million announced by the USA for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.

Members say the Jamaat-ud-Dawa is an charity but the United States says it is a front for the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught.

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