LHC orders release of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

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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.

On January 31, Saeed and his four aides including Abdullah Ubaid, Abdul Rehman Abid, Malik Zafar Iqbal and Qazi Kashif Hussain were detained by the Pakistan's Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

The board for the high court then rejected a subsequent request that his detention be extended for a further three months.

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

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

Hafiz Saeed term will be expiring next week.

"The representatives and officials of the government and ministries were all saying that I should not be freed but the judges heard all their arguments and set them aside and ordered my release", he said.

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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 global 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.

Earlier, the home department of the Punjab government told the board that Pakistan might face sanctions from the worldwide community if Saeed is released.

The release order of the Jammat-ud-Dawah chief comes few days before the 26/11 Mumbai attack anniversary.

Although it continues to operate freely in Pakistan and is popular for its charity work, the JuD is widely considered to be a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, which has been blamed for the attack on Mumbai.

It was learned that the United States has $10 million for years to alleged Saeed in the Mumbai attack.

Kasab was executed after a court found him guilty and handed down death sentence.

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