Pakistan frees Mumbai attack mastermind from house arrest

Pakistan frees Mumbai attack mastermind from house arrest

Pakistan frees Mumbai attack mastermind from house arrest

The alleged mastermind of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai - in which the Indian city's Chabad center was one of the targets - was ordered released from house arrest by a Pakistani court on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

The Pakistan government failed to provide any evidence to the court as for why Hafiz Saeed was kept under house arrest.

The Punjab government had asked for an extension to Saeed's detention but the request was turned down by the court.

"His previous detention for 30 days is over, which means he would be released tomorrow", Sahil was quoted as saying.

Saeed has denied involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, during which a 10-member LeT team killed 166 people when they targeted two hotels, a Jewish centre and a railway station.

The Punjab Home Department was against the release of Hafiz Saeed.

Hafiz Saeed is scheduled to be released on Thursday.

The authorities, however, chose to keep Hafiz Saeed and his aides under house arrest under Section 3 of the MPO.

A Judicial Review Board of Pakistan's Punjab province today ordered the release of Hafiz Saeed.

Before the board's decision, a federal finance ministry official appeared before it and submitted "some important evidence" against Saeed to justify his detention.

In October, the board had agreed to extend the house arrest of Saeed, which was about to end next week.

"The government can not afford to set Saeed free in the current circumstance".

Saeed had been under house arrest largely because of pressure from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force that tracks terror financing. However, the court refused the plea and said Saeed will be released as per the earlier sentence. "It can not face worldwide backlash in the event of releasing the JuD chief".

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