Pak court orders release of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed

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The mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed, is expected to be released from house arrest tomorrow. The Lahore High Court had ordered today the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed. He has been under house arrest since January this year. The Punjab government, however, had asked for an extension to Saeed’s detention but the court rejected the request.

The JuD chief, on the other hand, had challenged his detention orders through his lawyer A K Dogar, submitting that the requirements put by the Supreme Court for the purpose were not completed. He also requested the court to order his release and end the detention. Under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 on January 31, Hafiz Saeed and his four aides, Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain, were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days. The house arrest of Saeed and others was extended for next 30 days by the Punjab government on September 25.

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