Hafiz Saeed Released From House Arrest

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Lahore: Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest, a spokesperson for the banned outfit said on Thursday.

The Judicial Review Board of Punjab province comprising judges of the Lahore High Court yesterday unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which expired tonight.

“We are happy to see our leader free,” a JuD spokesman Ahmad Nadim told. The JuD head, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.

“Hafiz sahib received his release order from the jail officials. Now he is a free man,” Ahmad said. He said after his release Saeed thanked to his supporters gathered outside his house.

Official sources said that Saeed’s release would invite strong criticism from India and the US.
Several JuD activists gathered outside Saeed’s residence in Jauhar town in Lahore to celebrate his release.