JuD chief Hafiz Saeed released in Pakistan (Lead)

ISLAMABAD - Chief of the hardline Islamist organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed, who was detained following the Mumbai terror attacks in India, was released by the Lahore High Court Tuesday.

A JuD spokesperson told reporters that Saeed, who was under house arrest, had been set free.

“Saeed is not a terrorist,” the spokesperson said, adding that JuD is not a terror organisation.

Saeed was detained last December after the UN declared JuD, a frontal organization of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a terrorist group. He was arrested after the Nov 26-28 terror attacks in Mumbai that left over 170 people dead.

A.K. Dogar, Saeed’s lawyer, said the Lahore High Court described the detention of Saeed as illegal. He said another JuD leader Nazeer was also freed.


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