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Saeed's house arrest had been extended several times since he was first put under detention on January 31 for a period of 90 days.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been designated a global terrorist by the USA and United Nations, has been set free by a Judicial Review Board of Lahore High Court on Wednesday.

Saeed was also individually designated by the United Nations under UNSCR 1267 (UN Security Council Resolution) in December 2008 following the Mumbai attacks in November 2008.

The provincial government had asked for another 60-day extension to the cleric's detention, but, during Wednesday's court proceedings, judges turned down the request and ordered that Saeed be freed from his house arrest.

Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's release order by a Pakistani judicial body shows how Pakistan is "hoodwinking" the worldwide community on the issue of terrorism, government sources said on Wednesday. The Lahore High Court had ordered today the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed.

Saeed is suspected of masterminding the attack Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack.

"It also appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists", Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

"Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see", Kumar said.

"We plead the board not to order the release of Saeed as Pakistan may face worldwide sanctions", an official requested adding that the JuD leader was detained based on the information of intelligence agencies. Replying to a question on whether the Donald Trump administration has been soft on dealing with terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Kumar called the observation wrong and said both India and the United States were on the "same page" in combating terrorism.


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