Pakistan to release alleged 'mastermind' behind 2008 Mumbai attacks

Jerome Frank
November 23, 2017

Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's release order by a Pakistani judicial body shows how Pakistan is "hoodwinking" the worldwide community on the issue of terrorism, government sources said on Wednesday.

The government made a plea to extend his detention for another three months, but the judicial board ordered Saeed's release on Wednesday.

Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, is set to be released from house arrest tomorrow.

"The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case", PTI quoted the board. Authorities arguing against the release of Saeed are of the opinion that it could invite global sanctions on Pakistan.

According to the law, the government can detain an individual for up to three months under different charges but an extension in the detention requires approval from a judicial review board.

Saeed has been under house arrest since January 31 and will walk free only 48 hours ahead of 26/11 Anniversary.

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

The religious leader is likely to be released later this week, said his counsel.

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. Pak is formally designated the terrorist state.

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.

"In May 2008, the U.S. department of the treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224".

The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head, who carries a bounty of Dollars 10 million announced by the U.S. for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.

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