Hafiz Saeed's release shows Pakistan's lack of seriousness

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India accused Pakistan of helping organize the attacks in cooperation with Saeed, who is head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity, which USA officials say is a front for the banned Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group. "Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi yesterday.

Saeed ran the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization, widely believed to be a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, which India believes was behind the deadly attack in Mumbai.

A Lahore High Court review board on Wednesday rejected an appeal of the Punjab government seeking to extend the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief's detention for more three months and ordered his release.

India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded trial of Saeed and LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of evidence it had provided to Islamabad.

The Punjab government official had told the board that the Federal finance ministry has "some important evidence" against Saeed to justify his detention.

Saeed was placed under house arrest in January while Sharif was still prime minister, a move that drew praise from India, long furious at Saeed's continued freedom in Pakistan.

Saeed, addressing his supporters gathered outside his residence said: "I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir".

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.

I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir.

Saeed also said that the United States had pressured Pakistan to detain him on India's request.

In his declaration, he vowed that "I am fighting for Kashmir's independence".

"The US reiterates its stance that LeT is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens", the spokesperson told PTI.

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. 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.

"I was in custody for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir", Saeed, who has been branded as an global terrorist by the United Nations and the USA, said his followers.