Will work for Kashmir's independence, vows Hafiz Saeed upon release

Brains behind 26/11 Mumbai attack Hafiz Saeed set to be released in Pakistan

A Pakistani court yesterday on Wednesday ordered the release from house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, a notorious jihadi with a $10m United States bounty on his head.

"The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case", they told the lawyers who had made the appeal.

The board for the high court then rejected a subsequent request that his detention be extended for a further three months. A large number of JuD workers also gathered on the court s premises.

Saeed has been under house arrest since January 31 and will walk free only 48 hours ahead of 26/11 Anniversary. It had submitted before the review board that release of Saeed could lead to the imposition of global sanctions on Pakistan.

Stating that his client is innocent, Saeed's lawyer AK Dogar told the media that "there is no evidence against him, the court can not pronounce him guilty".

In the Mumbai terror attack 9 years ago, 166 innocent people had lost their lives.

Saeed's supporters chanted slogans in favour of their leader. Last month, the board had allowed 30-day extension to the detention of Saeed which will expire tomorrow.

Saeed's release is expected to see Washington mount increasing pressure on Pakistan for its alleged support for militant groups, including the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Speaking to PTI, an official source said, "The government can not afford to set Saeed free in the current circumstance".

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

Saeed and four aides were placed under house arrest in January under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

JuD, which has operated freely across Pakistan and is popular for its charity work, is considered by the U.S. and India to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for the attack on India's financial capital.

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



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