Pak court orders Hafiz Saeed to be freed from house arrest

Posted November 23, 2017

The Judicial Review Board of the Lahore High Court ordered the release of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest on Wednesday.

The Pakistan government failed to provide any evidence to the court as for why Hafiz Saeed was kept under house arrest.

The Punjab government had sought a three-month extension in Saeed's detention but the request was turned down by the judicial review board.

Also, LHC review board chaired by Justice Abdul Sami Khan ruled that there is no other case against Saeed for which he should be immediately released from the house arrest.

In October, the Board extended Saeed's detention by 30 days, but with today's announcement, the house arrest sentence was lifted. "Saeed has been placed under house arrest only to please the U.S. and India", Dogar said and warned the government from detaining Saeed again in any other "fake" case or charges. Saeed is now free to walk anywhere, unless there is any other case made against him, which doesn't seem to be happening.

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India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded trial of Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of evidence it had provided to Islamabad.

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

Saeed's release may also coincide with the anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which at least 166 people were killed.

The government had earlier told the judicial body that Islamabad might face sanctions from the global community following Hafiz Saeed's release. However, the court refused the plea and said Saeed will be released as per the earlier sentence.

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