Pakistan releases 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed from house arrest
Nov 25 2017
Saeed's release was expected to see Washington mount increasing pressure on Pakistan for its alleged support for militant groups, including the Taliban in Afghanistan.
26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed had candies and cut cakes - one for him, of for his Jamaat-ud-Dawa's (JuD) cyber team - after his house arrest ended Thursday.
The department also said that his release may warrant worldwide sanctions against Pakistan.
"We responded to Pakistan's offer (of allowing Jadhav's wife to meet him) about 3-4 days ago".
The MEA Spokesperson informed that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will be representing India at the SCO summit in Sochi on 30th November and 1st December.
Police guards have been removed from his residence where a large number of supporters gathered to celebrate the end of his house arrest.
A Judicial Review Board consisting of judges from the Lahore High Court rejected a plea from Punjab province to extend Saeed's detention after a senior Finance Ministry official failed to convince the board that his release would lead to diplomatic and other problems for Pakistan. Many in the Indian-controlled portion favor independence or a merger with Pakistan and violence has increased in Indian-controlled Kashmir in recent years.
"When the government was not able to present any evidence to justify [Saeed's] continued detention, the court ordered his release when his current detention order expires" on Thursday, said his spokesman, Nadeem Awan, to Al Jazeera.
Saeed, however, said Sharif deserved to be removed for his peace overtures with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief is set to walk free on Thursday after being put under house arrest in January.
Delivering his first "sermon" in over 10 months, the UN-designated worldwide terrorist continued his rant against India and warned that his fight for a "free Kashmir" would continue.
In a video message after the court decision, Saeed claimed that he was detained because of his associations with the disputed Kashmir region.
Under the law, the government can detain a person for up to three months under different charges but for extension to that detention it needs approval from a judicial review board.
The US has also made several overtures under Trump for closer relations with India's regional rival, India.
"Saeed was also individually designated by the United Nations under UNSCR 1267 (UN Security Council Resolution) in December 2008 following the November 2008 Mumbai attack", the official said.