After his release, Hafiz Saeed vows to work for 'Kashmir's freedom'

After his release, Hafiz Saeed vows to work for 'Kashmir's freedom'

Saeed and his four aides had been under house arrest since January under the Anti-Terrorism Act. His freedom had also infuriated Pakistan's arch foe, India.

The cleric was released in Lahore, in north-eastern Pakistan, late on Thursday evening.

The JuD head, who carries a bounty of United States dollars 10 million announced by the USA for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.

Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's release order by a Pakistani judicial body shows how Pakistan is "hoodwinking" the global community on the issue of terrorism, government sources said on Wednesday.

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Thakur appealed to Indian Government as well as worldwide communities to come forward to take stern action against this global terrorist Hafiz Saeed and his terrorists funding organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawah.

The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief was set to be released from house arrest tonight after the Lahore High Court's release order.

Mocking India's opposition to his release, he said that Delhi did everything it can to keep him arrested but all its efforts have been wasted.

Saeed's advocate A.K. Dogar said the JuD leaders had been detained merely on the basis of allegations, without any substantial evidence against them, and called the call for extending the detention "illegal" and a "violation of basic rights".

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Mr Saeed maintains JuD is a Islamic welfare organisation, but the U.S. says it is a front for LeT. While ordering his release, a review board of the judges of the Lahore High Court, said that the release is subject to the condition that he is not wanted in any other case.

However, the board rejected the extension plea and ordered the release of Saeed. India accused Pakistan of sponsoring the attacks through the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which Saeed had founded in the 1990s.

"As you are aware, he was the prime organiser of the Mumbai Terror Attacks in 2008 in which many Indians and nationals of several other countries were killed". Kulbhushan Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was in April sentenced to death by Pakistan's Field General Court Martial on charges of alleged "involvement in espionage and sabotage activities" against Pakistan.

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