Several JuD supporters, gathered outside Saeed's house in Lahore's Jauhar town to celebrate his release, shouted anti- India slogans.
India has said it has evidence that Saeed was involved in the Mumbai attack, but Islamabad has long said sufficient evidence is not available to charge him. Moreover with him overseeing the operations personally, there is a high-chance of an attack being carried out on a very large scale.
India lashed out at Pakistan over the release of the terrorist. The alert also advises security forces to keep a close vigil along the border areas where the terrorists would be pushed. Many in the Indian-controlled portion favor independence or a merger with Pakistan and violence has increased in Indian-controlled Kashmir in recent years. But we will and have to fight for the freedom of Kashmir.
A Pakistani judicial body on Wednesday ordered Saeed's release from house arrest, just days ahead of the 26/11anniversary. "We are happy to see our leader free", a JuD spokesman Ahmad Nadim told PTI.
Dawa, which has operated freely across Pakistan and is popular for its charity work, is considered by the USA and India to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for the attack on India's financial capital.
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"Saeed has been freed as the Punjab government decided not to detain him further in any other case", a top government official told PTI. "The LHC's review board decision has proved that I am innocent".
The decision to put Saeed under house arrest in January was seen as a response to actions by US President Donald Trump's White House against nations deemed linked to terrorism. However, the last two extensions were made on the public safety law.
The JuD chief told that the U.S., on India's request, pressured Pakistan to arrest him.
The review board had earlier allowed a 30-day extension to Saeed's detention, which is set to expire in the last week of this month. "He is also responsible for unleashing numerous other terror attacks against Pakistan's neighbours". "It's because of Kashmir that India is after me, but all her efforts have been in vain and Allah has set me free", he said.
Hafiz Saeed has been under house arrest since January this year and was detained after vast pressure on the federal government by the United States (USA) and severe reservations by India. Pakistan's Punjab government however had sought a three-month extension in his detention saying that the country may face worldwide sanctions if the JuD was released from house arrest.