Hafiz Saeed freed, hits out at Nawaz Sharif as a 'traitor'

Michele Moreno
November 25, 2017

India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded the trial of Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in light of the evidence it had provided to Islamabad.

Pakistan's Punjab province's Judicial Review Board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday unanimously ordered Saeed's release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which expired last night.

Lakhimpur Kheri: Police were on their toes in Lakhimpur city on Friday morning after members of a community allegedly celebrated the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan.

She said the Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes.

Saeed and four of his aides were put under house arrest in January for 90 days under local laws by the Punjab provincial government in Pakistan.

Saeed was released after Thursday midnight after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further.

The United Nations has designated him as a "terrorist" and United States has placed a $10 million bounty on him.

Saeed, who carries a $10 million bounty announced by the U.S. for his role in terrorist activities, also accused ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of committing treason by seeking friendship with India and forgetting the Kashmiri cause.

The Muslim cleric whom India holds responsible for the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai has been set free by a court in Pakistan. "I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir and we will try to help Kashmiris get their destination of freedom".

Speaking about alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, Saeed said: "Peace can't be established in Pakistan if (such) terrorists continue to enter the country".

"It is the responsibility of Pakistani government to fulfill its global obligations and take credible and effective action against terrorists like Hafiz Saeed".

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since gaining independence from the British in 1947 over Kashmir, which both claim in full but administer separate parts of.

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

A JuD spokesman said Saeed had "no links with terrorism" and argued that the United States comments amounted to interference in Pakistan's internal affairs.

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