Global terrorist Hafiz Saeed walks free

ANI | Updated: Nov 24, 2017 13:58 IST

Lahore [Pakistan], November 24 (ANI): Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, whom India acknowledges as the mastermind behind the terror strikes that took place in Mumbai in November 2008, claiming the lives of 166 people and maiming over 300 others, has been released from house arrest in Lahore.

Saeed is said to be the head of the U.S.-designated terror outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and had been under house arrest since January 31.

Police guards have been removed from his residence, where a large number of supporters gathered to celebrate the end of his house arrest.

His social media spokesman announced in a tweet that Hafiz Saeed is a free man.

In his first address after being released, Saeed blamed India and the U.S. for detention and raked up Kashmir.

The decision to put Saeed under house arrest in January was seen as a response to actions by US President Donald Trump's White House against nations deemed linked to terrorism.

Saeed has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations and the US for his role in the Mumbai attack which claimed the lives of 166 people and maimed over 300 others.

He has a USD 10 million bounty on his head.

A judicial body of Pakistan had rejected a request from the government of Punjab to extend his detention by three months.

The LeT chief had been produced before the review board by Pakistan's Punjab government on Tuesday.

According to reports, a government official told the board there were enough evidences against Saeed to justify his detention.

The review board had earlier allowed a 30-day extension to Saeed's detention, which is set to expire in the last week of this month. (ANI)

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