JuD chief Hafiz Saeed released from house arrest

Laura Christensen
November 25, 2017

Hafiz Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, gestures outside a court in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday.

India considers Saeed one of its most wanted terrorists because of his involvement in the Mumbai attack, as well as a 2006 Mumbai train bombing and a 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai massacre, is all set to walk free after about 10 months of house arrest.

In 2006, the Pakistani government held him for several months for activities "detrimental" to its relations with other governments.

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Pakistan has been detaining and freeing Saeed off and on since the attack and he and four of his aides were put under house arrest in Lahore in January.

Saeed, whose supporters celebrated his release, was expected to deliver a sermon at a mosque in Lahore during Friday prayers amid tight security.

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Later, in a video message released by his party, Saeed said he was detained because of his association with Jammu and Kashmir.

"When the government was not able to present any evidence to justify [Saeed's] continued detention, the court ordered his release when his current detention order expires" on Thursday, said his spokesman, Nadeem Awan, to Al Jazeera.

Analyst and retired general Talat Masood told AFP that Saeed is given special treatment by the government "because they think that his organization was supportive in Kashmir", the disputed Himalayan territory over which India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars.

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Delivering his first "sermon" in over 10 months, the UN-designated global terrorist continued his rant against India and warned that his fight for a "free Kashmir" would continue.

He has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations and the USA for his role in the Mumbai attack that killed 166 Indians and foreigners and has a $10 million bounty on his head.

Saeed is said to be the head of the US -designated terror outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba and had been under house arrest since 31 January this year.

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