LAHORE: Mumbai attack mastermind and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed will walk free tonight if the Pakistan government does not detain him in any other case, his lawyer said today.
The JuD head, 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.
The Judicial Review Board of Punjab province comprising judges of the Lahore High Court yesterday unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which will expire midnight.
“Saeed will walk free after midnight if the government does not detain him in any other case. We fear that the Punjab government may detain Saeed in any other case,” Saeed’s counsel Advocate A K Dogar told PTI.
He said a large number of JuD workers have gathered outside Saeed’s residence in Jauhar Town Lahore to welcome him on his release tonight.
On the other hand, sources in the home department of the Punjab government are insisting that Saeed will not be released as he is being booked in another case.
“The JuD chief was illegally detained for 297 days. Hafiz Saeed always worked for Pakistan and the government could not prove any allegation against him,” Dogar had said yesterday.
20 Feb 2020
21 Feb 2020