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Hafiz Saeed freed, hits out at Nawaz Sharif as a 'traitor'


"The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes".

Swati Ajay Gavande, the widow of a slain police officer, said Hafiz Saeed should never have been released from house arrest. Saeed is suspected of masterminding coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed at least 166 people in 2008.

Pakistan has released a militant wanted by USA authorities from house arrest, after a court ordered an end to his detention.

The Punjab Home Department was against the release of Hafiz Saeed.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Saturday announced that the United States "strongly condemns" the release from house arrest of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, a Muslim cleric believed to be the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 164 civilians perished, including six occupants of the local Chabad House.

Voicing "deep concern" over the release of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, the United States on Friday asked Pakistan to arrest and charge the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba chief who for years has been carrying a U.S. bounty of $10 million on his head. "Since 2012, the United States has offered a US $10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice".

The US, reportedly, termed LeT as a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens. "They play everyone, whether it's China or the terrorists or us". They say that while Jamaat-ud-Dawa may indeed perform charitable activities, it is also a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan militant group which became notorious for strikes on Indian targets, including a 2001 attack on its parliament in Delhi.


"Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been punished for neglecting Kashmiris". India and the United States said there was sufficient evidence, though this was something prosecutors in Pakistan denied.

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

Saeed attacked government of Pakistan for "taking dictation from foreign masters" and spoke about "Indian atrocities" in Kashmir.

Saeed, in his late 60s, was under house arrest for 297 days since January.

The US statement came hours after Saeed walked free and lost little time in making yet another incendiary speech, slamming India and renewing his vow to continue the "jehad" for Kashmir's "Independence". "I was arrested for it", he had said after his release.

For years, the Pakistanis have been blamed by the USA for not doing enough in their counterterrorism efforts to end the Afghan war - the longest military engagement in America's history.

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