Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Lahore court orders release of 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to walk free? Pakistan court orders release Mumbai terror attack mastermind, chief of banned JuD, Hafiz Saeed freed from house arrest in Pakistan
Erik Tate | 23 November, 2017, 00:43

A court in Pakistan has ordered authorities to release from house arrest an Islamist cleric whom the United States accuses of plotting the 2008 attacks on India's financial capital of Mumbai.

The Judicial Review Board rejected a request from the government of Pakistan to extend Saeed's detention by three months.

"His previous detention for 30 days is over, which means he would be released tomorrow", Sahil was quoted as saying.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack.

The board's order paves the way for Saeed's release.

Hafiz Saeed is scheduled to be released on Thursday.

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Following the decision, admirers of Hafiz Saeed chanted slogans and showered him with rose petals.

Saeed's attorneys have been telling the court his detention is unlawful and there is no proof of his involvement in terrorist activities.

It also said that the Federal Finance Ministry had "some important evidence" against him to justify detention.

Their house arrest was extended in September this year. On January 31, Saeed and his four aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain. Whereas, Saeed's four aides were set free in the last week of October. However, the court refused the plea and said Saeed will be released as per the earlier sentence. His party had moved to court against the arrest and the matter was then referred to the review board.

A Punjab Home Department official said it is feared the release could invite worldwide sanctions on the country.

The Nariman House in Mumbai following the November 2008 terrorist attack. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught.

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