After release Hafiz Saeed vows to fight for Kashmir's independence

After release Hafiz Saeed vows to fight for Kashmir's independence

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

The United States, a State Department official said, is aware of media reports regarding Pakistan's ordered release of Saeed from the house arrest.

"We are overjoyed to announce that after waiting for 10 long months, our chief will finally be free", Jamaat-ud-Dawa's information secretary, Nadeem Awan, said in an interview.

The US government had previously offered a United States dollars 10 million bounty for information for the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which is allegedly the front for Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group.

The US Department of Treasury, in May 2008, had designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

The provincial government of Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab had asked for an extension to Saeed's detention but the request was turned down by the court, prosecutor Sattar Sahil told Reuters.

Saeed, who carries a bounty of $10 million announced by the U.S. for his role in terrorist activities, has been under detention since January this year. Pakistan government will never disclose what evidences, that have been received from India, had been submitted before the board.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Saeed's release may also coincide with the anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which at least 166 people were killed.

Pakistan's release of 26/11 massacre principal Hafiz Saeed, nearly on the anniversary of the carnage in Mumbai, follows the United Statestaking the heat off Islamabad insofar as action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba was concerned. The Jamat- ud -Dawah (JuD) was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.

Following a brief period of house arrest in 2008, Saeed led a high-profile public life and regularly delivered fiery anti-India speeches.

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