Hafiz Saeed walks free, vows to fight for ‘Kashmir cause’

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Lahore—Banned JuD chief Hafiz Saeed walked free from house arrest and said he would gather people across Pakistan for the “cause of Kashmir” and try to help Kashmiris get their “destination of freedom”.

The Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty, was freed after the government decided against detaining him further in any case. He was under detention since January.

“I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir,” Saeed told his supporters gathered outside his residence to celebrate his release.

“I fight for the case of Kashmiris. I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir and we will try to help Kashmiris get their destination of freedom,” he said upon his release.

Punjab province’s Judicial Review Board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which expired last night.

Saeed said that he was detained when he announced a month of solidarity for Kashmiris in January.

Several JuD supporters, gathered outside Saeed’s house in Lahore’s Jauhar town to celebrate his release, shouted anti- India slogans and described their leader as “a hope for the Kashmiri people”.

 

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