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Hafiz Saeed Released in Lahore

 

Mr Saeed, who carries a $10m (£7.5m) US bounty, had been under house arrest in the city of Lahore since January.

 

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Pakistani cleric Hafiz Saeed, who is accused by the US and India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has been released.

A court this week ordered his release, rejecting the government's arguments that he was a threat to public safety.

The co-ordinated attacks by gunmen in Mumbai left more than 160 dead. Mr Saeed has denied any involvement.

The cleric was released in Lahore, in north-eastern Pakistan, late on Thursday evening.

"India has always levelled allegations of terrorism ... but (Lahore) High Court decision has proved that all of India's propaganda are false," Mr Saeed said in a video message issued after his release.

The decision to put Mr Saeed under house arrest in January was seen as a response to actions by US President Donald Trump's White House against nations deemed linked to terrorism.

The cleric founded the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group in the 1990s and, when that was banned, revived a much older organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) in 2002.

Mr Saeed maintains JuD is a Islamic welfare organisation, but the US says it is a front for LeT.

 

 

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