Hafiz Saeed to walk free, Pak court orders release of 26/11 mastermind

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to walk free? Pakistan court orders release

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to walk free? Pakistan court orders release

Firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed, who heads the UN-listed terrorist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and has a $10 million United States bounty on his head, will be freed tomorrow after less than a year in detention following the decision by the Lahore High Court, a JuD official said.

The board of Pakistan's Punjab province while rejecting the government's plea to extend his detention for another three months asked the government to release him.

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

Saeed is accused by India of masterminding the Mumbai terror attack of November 2008 which left 166 Indians and foreigners dead.

Saeed has denied involvement in the attacks.

The release order of the Jammat-ud-Dawah chief comes few days before the 26/11 Mumbai attack anniversary.

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Saeed is scheduled to be released on Thursday.

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".

A large number Saeed's supporters who had gathered at the Lahore High Court shouted slogans to show their support to the terrorist. On January 31, Saeed and his four aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain. He requested the court to set aside the detention and order his release. His party had moved to court against the arrest and the matter was then referred to the review board.

In October, the board had agreed to extend the house arrest of Saeed, which was about to end next week. "It can not face worldwide backlash in the event of releasing the JuD chief", the official source told PTI.

Kasab was executed after a court found him guilty and handed down death sentence.

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