A court in Pakistan has ordered authorities to release from house arrest an Islamist cleric whom the United States accuses of plotting the 2008 attacks on India's financial capital of Mumbai.
"The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case", PTI quoted the board.
In October, the board had agreed to extend the house arrest of Saeed, which was about to end next week. "Saeed has been placed under house arrest only to please the USA and India", Dogar said and warned the government from detaining Saeed again in any other "fake" case or charges.
There was a sham detention, sham trial and now court has made a decision to free him as Pakistan government failed to submit evidence against Mumbai attacks mastermind.
The government had informed the judicial body that Saeed's release could lead to imposition of global sanctions on Pakistan.
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The Punjab Home Department was against the release of Hafiz Saeed.
The Mumbai attack mastermind was detained on January 30 along with four of his associates - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain - for their alleged involvement in activities prejudicial to peace and security. The other four aids have already been set free when the court had no grounds to extend their arrests.
Reports said the JuD chief is scheduled to be released on Thursday.
As per the law, the government can detain a person for up to three months under various charges, but for an extension an approval from a judicial review board is required.
On November 26, 2008, ten LeT operatives entered Mumbai by sea and launched a coordinated gun-and-bomb assault on multiple sites in India's most populous metropolis, killing 166 people - including six Jews at the Nariman House.