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

Pak court frees Hafiz Saeed from house arrest

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

A court in Pakistan has ordered authorities to release from house arrest an Islamist cleric whom the United States accuses of plotting the 2008 attacks on India's financial capital of Mumbai.

Saeed had filed an application in the Lahore High Court, challenging the order for extension of his house arrest.

A Judicial Review Board consisting of judges from the Lahore High Court rejected a plea from the government of Pakistan's Punjab province to extend his detention by three months, Dunya News reported.

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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". Subsequently, his house arrest had been extended several times.

While the Pakistani courts have once again given Hafiz Saeed a breather, USA seems to be on the same page with India.

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.

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Earlier, Saeed's counsel informed the board that a court had declared the detention of his four aides as illegal.

"The release order only shows that Pakistan provides free space to terrorists to indulge in acts against other countries".

Under the law, the government can detain a person for up to three months under different charges but for extension to that detention it needs approval from a judicial review board.

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The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught.

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