Pakistan court ordered release of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed


A Pakistani review board on Wednesday ordered the release from house arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, who pledged that he and his followers in the Jamaat-udDawah will play a strong role for “Kashmir’s independence”. Pakistan’s Punjab province had sought a three month extension in Saeed’s detention but the request was turned down by the board just four days short of the ninth anniversary of the Mumbai attacks that Saeed is accused of masterminding. Reports said the JuD chief is set to be released on Thursday. A spokesperson for the US State Department said they were aware of the court order. “The US reiterates its stance that LeT is a designated foreign terrorist organisation responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians,” the official said.

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