Pakistan Government May File Fresh Charges to Keep Hafiz Saeed in Custody

Pakistan Government May File Fresh Charges to Keep Hafiz Saeed in Custody

Pakistan Government May File Fresh Charges to Keep Hafiz Saeed in Custody

Pakistan's Punjab government had detained Saeed and his four aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain - on January 31 for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. The court, in response to this argument had asked the government to send an official and explain how releasing a single individual would affect the entire country.

The move came just days after the US Defence Department persuaded Congress to drop a provision that had linked reimbursements to Pakistan with demonstrable action against LeT.

"The US is aware of media reports that Pakistan court ordered release of Hafiz Saeed from house arrest", a State Department spokesperson told PTI. His house arrest had been extended several times. He further demanded that Indian Army should strike again the areas where Pakistani agencies and terrorists organisations are providing trainings to terrorists in different camps for terror activities in whole of the world.

The alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, designated as a terrorist leader by the United Nations and the United States, was ordered to be released from detention Thursday by a Pakistani court in Lahore.

The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head carries a bounty of United States dollars 10 million announced by the USA for terror activities and has been under detention since January this year.

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A Judicial Review Board of Pakistan's Punjab province on Wednesday had issued orders to release Saeed, who had been under house arrest since January this year.

"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 JuD chief said that the USA, on India's request, pressured Pakistan to detain him.

Reports state that Pakistan's Punjab government had sought a three-month extension in his detention saying that the country may face global sanctions if the JuD was released from house arrest.

Both, Government of Pakistan and the JuD have denied involvement in the Mumbai attack.

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