Hafiz Saeed rearticulating agenda of terrorists thriving in Pak

Hafiz Saeed rearticulating agenda of terrorists thriving in Pak

Hafiz Saeed rearticulating agenda of terrorists thriving in Pak

The Lahore High Court review board on Wednesday ordered the release of firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million USA bounty, after prosecution failed to back the charges of terrorism with evidence.

"The United States is deeply concerned that Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan".

"The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes", state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement in Washington on Friday.

He had been on house arrest since January in the eastern city of Lahore.

Punjab Assistant Advocate General Sattar Sahil said the government law officer had presented "some important evidence" to justify Saeed's detention, but all three members of the board unanimously rejected it and ordered his release.

LeT and several of its front organizations, leaders, and operatives remain under both State Department and Treasury Department sanctions.

The Associated Press reported Saturday that Hafiz Saeed, the alleged founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, was released from detention in Lahore this week following a court order.

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According to the UN Security Council, Saeed's JuD organization is synonymous with the terrorist group and supportive of al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Saeed's release triggered speculation that he will now take a leadership role in the Milli Muslim League, a political party established by Jamaat-ud-Dawam which has yet to be registered to take part in elections.

"I fight for the cause of Kashmiris".

"If the leaders of the Pakistan start making their own decisions, they will no longer face external pressure", the leader of the proscribed group said.

A JuD spokesman said Saeed had "no links with terrorism" and argued that the United States comments amounted to interference in Pakistan's internal affairs. India also blames the LeT for many terrorist attacks in the country including the December 2001 terrorist attack on its parliament that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

He called Saeed the "prime organizer" of the Mumbai attacks and said he is "also responsible for unleashing numerous other terror attacks against Pakistan's neighbors". "Pakistan also opposes and condemns acts of terrorism inside Pakistan and elsewhere by India, which claims to be a champion of democracy, and global law".

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