Will Work For Kashmir’s Independence: Hafiz Saeed Upon Release

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Lahore—A Pakistani review board on Wednesday ordered the release from house arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, who pledged that he and his followers in the Jamaat-ud-Dawah will play a strong role for “Kashmir’s independence”.

The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province had sought a three-month extension in Saeed’s detention but the request was turned down by the judicial review board just four days short of the ninth anniversary of the Mumbai attacks that Saeed is accused of masterminding, Hindustan Times reported on its website.

Reports said the JuD is scheduled to be released on Thursday. He had been placed under house arrest in January, largely because of pressure from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force that tracks terror financing.

“The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case,” said the review board comprising judges of the Lahore high court.

In a video tweeted by a handle linked to the JuD hours after the board issued its order, Saeed blamed India for his detention and vowed to work for “Kashmir’s independence”.

The US has offered a USD 10 million bounty for Saaed.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is allegedly responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack.

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