Hafiz Saeed's release shows Pakistan's lack of seriousness

Hafiz Saeed's release shows Pakistan's lack of seriousness

Hafiz Saeed's release shows Pakistan's lack of seriousness

"And in case of Saeed, a designated terrorist, it also shows how Pakistan is hoodwinking the global community on the issue of terrorism", a source said.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which India accuses of carrying out terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Mumbai attack on November 26th, 2008.

Rejecting the government's plea to extend his detention for another three months, the Judicial Review Board of Punjab province comprising judges of the Lahore High Court ordered Saeed's release on the expiry of his 30-day house arrest, which is going to expire in a couple of days.

On Tuesday, Pakistan's Punjab government had sought a three-month extension in his detention saying, the country might face sanctions from the worldwide community if Saeed is released from house arrest. His actions have been a major irritant in Pakistan's relations with the USA, and a major source of sustained tensions with India. He has been under house arrest since January this year.

Ten LeT militants killed 166 people and wounded dozens in Mumbai in November, 2008.

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Saeed's attorneys have been telling the court his detention is unlawful and there is no proof of his involvement in terrorist activities. The court ruled the government could not produce sufficient evidence to justify his detention.

"His release confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of Pakistani government in bringing to justice perpetrators of heinous acts of terrorism, including by individuals and entities designated by the United Nations".

"We are overjoyed to announce that after waiting for 10 long months, our chief will finally be free", Jamaat-ud-Dawa's information secretary, Nadeem Awan, said in an interview. The US too is unhappy over the development.

For decades, Pakistan has cast a benign eye on groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba - which is perceived as an asset because its attacks target Indian soldiers in Kashmir - even as the government battles jihadist groups like the Pakistani Taliban that directly threaten the country. The government has banned the LeT and recently refused attempts by a party affiliated with the JuD to register in local elections in Lahore and Peshawar.

"I fight the case of Kashmiris".

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