Pakistani court ends US-wanted militant leader's detention

Posted November 23, 2017

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.

Saeed has been under house arrest since January.

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

In October, the board had agreed to extend the house arrest of Saeed, which was about to end next week.

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

It is now a waiting game for the government to see if they can arrest Saeed based on another case, or will have to finally let him free. It had submitted before the review board that release of Saeed could lead to the imposition of worldwide sanctions on Pakistan.

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Saeed had appealed against the detention in the Lahore High Court and hearing the matter on Wednesday, the court refused to extend the sentence.

The Mumbai attack mastermind was detained on January 30 along with four of his associates - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain - for their alleged involvement in activities prejudicial to peace and security.

Despite U.S. sanctions on Saeed, the cleric has been living freely in Pakistan and delivering anti-U.S. speeches.

Saeed ran the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization, widely believed to be a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group behind the attacks in Mumbai, India, that killed 168 people.

"We will move the court without any delay if the government does not comply with the order of the judicial board and set him free tomorrow", he said. "It can not face global backlash in the event of releasing the JuD chief", the official source told media.