Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to be Released From House Detention

  • Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to be Released From House Detention

Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to be Released From House Detention

A review board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday refused to extend the detention orders of Jamaatud Dawa's (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

Hafiz Saeed was under house arrest since January this year.

The JuD chief, through his lawyer AK Dogar Advocate, had challenged his detention orders submitting that the requirements laid by the Supreme Court for the goal were not fulfilled.

Soon after the verdict, Saeed resorted to rhetoric and said all efforts by India have failed and he was released.

Washington has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to Saeed's arrest and conviction.

Following the decision, Mastermind of Mumbai 26/11 attack will be freed tomorrow. Provincial authorities have since extended Saeed's detention several times. Authorities arguing against the release of Saeed are of the opinion that it could invite worldwide sanctions on Pakistan.

In a video tweeted by a handle linked to the JuD hours after the board issued its order, Saeed blamed India for his detention and vowed to work for "Kashmir's independence".

The decision of the court comes even as Pakistan government had expressed fears that the decision to release Hafiz Saeed could invite sanctions from the worldwide community but the government of Pakistan could not provide any evidence as to why Saeed was kept under house arrest, after which the court chose to free him.

Punjab Assistant Advocate General Sattar Sahil said the government law officer had presented had "some important evidence" to justify detention of Saeed but all three members of the board unanimously rejected it and ordered his release. 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. On Friday, Mr Saeed is expected to walk free.

Reports said the JuD chief is scheduled to be released on Thursday.

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