Pakistan releases US-wanted militant suspect on court order

'India dictating terms to Pakistan' claims Jamaaat ud Dawa

"I was in custody for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir", Saeed, who has been branded as an global terrorist by the United Nations and the USA, said his followers. Saeed, who carries a bounty of USD10 million announced by the USA for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January.

His social media spokesman announced in a tweet that Hafiz Saeed is a free man. Just after getting freed from jail, Saeed launched anti-India rhetoric by claiming that he would mobilize people for the "cause of Kashmir".

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India, however, showed its anger over the decision of the judicial board to release Saeed, saying it a stab by Pakistan to mainstream banned terrorists and a reflection of its ongoing support to non-state actors. The MEA further said that Saeed's release once again confirms "the lack of seriousness on the part of Pakistani government in bringing to justice perpetrators of heinous acts of terrorism, including by individuals and entities designated by the United Nations. The LHC's review board decision has proved that I am innocent", Saeed said. He informed that India has sought sovereign guarantee from the government of Pakistan to ensure safety, security of both Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife.

India lashed out at Pakistan over the release of the terrorist.

The assault brought nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India to the brink of war.

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Dawa, which has operated freely across Pakistan and is popular for its charity work, is considered by the USA and India to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for the attack on India's financial capital.

Pakistan officially banned the Lashkar-e-Taiba in 2002. "This is victory of Pakistan's freedom and God willing Kashmir will also be freed because I'm fighting Kashmir's case".

Analyst and retired general Talat Masood told AFP that Saeed is given special treatment by the government "because they think that his organization was supportive in Kashmir", the disputed Himalayan territory over which India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars.

The release of Hafiz Saeed following midnight came ahead of the 9 anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai in which 166 lost their lives.

Responding to a question, the State Department was quick to express its displeasure over the potential release of Saeed from house arrest. The military denies any direct involvement in civilian politics. But in this time his outfit has been allowed to set up a political party to enable it to contest elections.

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