Pak judicial body releases Hafiz Saeed

Hafiz Saeed

The board headed by Justice Abdul Sami Khan said in a statement, "The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case".

To a query on how America is viewing this decision, a U.S. State Department official on Wednesday said that the administration was "aware of the media reports regarding Pakistan's ordered release of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed from house arrest".

"The review board looking in to the case. has refused to extend his house arrest as the government failed to provide any evidence against the charges", a spokesman for the party, Ahmed Nadeen said.

Their house arrest was extended in September this year.

Stating that his client is innocent, Saeed's lawyer AK Dogar told the media that "there is no evidence against him, the court can not pronounce him guilty".

In previous proceedings, the Punjab Home Department has argued that that if he was released, his activities would pose a serious threat to public safety and public order.




With the fresh order from the court, Saeed would be free unless the Pakistan government files review petition against the Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) co-founder in any other cases.

Speaking to PTI, an official source said, "The government can not afford to set Saeed free in the current circumstance".

The government had informed the judicial body that Saeed's release could lead to imposition of worldwide sanctions on Pakistan.

JuD, which has operated freely across Pakistan and is popular for its charity work, is considered by the United States and India to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for the attack on India's financial capital.

Punjab Assistant Advocate General Sattar Sahil said the government law officer had presented had "some important evidence" to justify detention of Saeed but all three members of the board unanimously rejected it and ordered his release.

The Nariman House in Mumbai following the November 2008 terrorist attack.

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