After his release, Hafiz Saeed vows to work for 'Kashmir's freedom'

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After his release, Hafiz Saeed vows to work for 'Kashmir's freedom'

He further said that Saeed has been held "without any legality", and hence, a violation of the constitution and his fundamental human rights.

India has accused Hafiz Saeed of masterminding the Mumbai attack in November 2008 and the 2001 Parliament attack in Delhi. Moreover, his release comes at a time when US President Donald Trump had been pressurising Islamabad for acting more against terrorists.

Mumbai had witnessed multiple terror attacks on November 26 in 2008 which had resulted in 166 deaths injuring several others. The US has also put a $10 million bounty on Saeed's head.

A review Board of the Lahore High Court overruled the government's request to extend the detention citing that Saeed's release may trigger global sanctions against Pakistan. "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 told a press conference.

The MEA added, "It is the responsibility of Pakistani government to fulfil its worldwide obligations and take credible and effective action against terrorists like Saeed".

On January 31, 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 under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.

"It's because of Kashmir that India is after me, but all her efforts have been in vain and Allah has set me free".

For decades, Pakistan has cast a benign eye on groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba - which is perceived as an asset because its attacks target Indian soldiers in Kashmir - even as the government battles jihadist groups like the Pakistani Taliban that directly threaten the country.

"We have also sought sovereign guarantee from the government of Pakistan to ensure the safety, security and well-being of the wife and the mother of Mr. Jadhav and that they shall not be questioned, harassed or interrogated during their visit and stay in Pakistan", he said. The JuD chief also said that his release was the victory of truth and "a serious blow" to India's demands.

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