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Hafiz Saeed Set to Walk Free Tonight, But Pakistan May Slap Fresh Case to Detain Him

Sources close to Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif said the home department would slap more charges to ensure the JuD chief is not released.


Updated:November 23, 2017, 6:32 PM IST
Hafeez Saeed
Hafiz Saeed carries a bounty of USD 10 million for his role in terror activities and has been under detention since January this year. (Photo: Reuters)

New Delhi: A day after a Lahore High Court judicial review board ordered the release of 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, sources in the Punjab Pakistan government said that fresh charges may be added against Saeed to keep him in custody.

The three-judge board had rejected an appeal of the Punjab government seeking to extend Saeed’s detention for three more months after the government failed to submit any evidence against him.

Saeed’s counsel AK Dogar said the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief is set to walk free on Thursday night if the Pakistan government does not detain him in any other case but said he “feared that the Punjab government may detain him in any other case.”

Saeed, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.

Sources close to Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif said the home department would slap more charges to ensure he is not released. They said that the government would go after the activities of Jamaat-ud-Dawa. “Their activities are already under scanner and action in regard was taken many times in the past but this time we will do so again,” an official said.

This comes after Pakistan received severe criticism from India and international community for letting Saeed go free. On Thursday, the Indian government said his release makes it evident that Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non state actors.

“Pakistan’s true face is visible for all to see. His release confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of Pakistan government. It also appears to be an attempt by Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists,” Raveesh Kumar, ministry of external affairs spokesperson, said.

“India, as indeed the entire International community, is outraged that a self-confessed and a UN proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda,” he added.

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| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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