Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to be Released From House Detention

23 November, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to walk free? Pakistan court orders release

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.

Directing the Pakistan government to release Saeed, the board said, "The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case".

According to the law, the government can detain an individual for up to three months under different charges but an extension in the detention requires approval from a judicial review board.

Saeed had been under house arrest largely because of pressure from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force that tracks terror financing.

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

With the fresh order from the court, Saeed would be free unless the Pakistan government files review petition against the Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) co-founder in any other cases.

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to walk free? Pakistan court orders release

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

The government had informed the judicial body that Saeed's release could lead to imposition of worldwide sanctions on Pakistan.

In previous proceedings, the Punjab Home Department has argued that that if he was released, his activities would pose a serious threat to public safety and public order.

On January 31, Saeed and 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. They were set free last month.

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

On November 26, 2008, ten LeT operatives entered Mumbai by sea and launched a coordinated gun-and-bomb assault on multiple sites in India's most populous metropolis, killing 166 people - including six Jews at the Nariman House.

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