ISLAMABAD: Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest on Friday after the Lahore High Court had rejected Punjab government’s request to extend his detention.
He is free, we are happy. Thank God there is no more restriction,” Nadeem Awan, a spokesman for Jamaatud Dawa, told media.
The Punjab government in January this year placed JuD chief and his four aides – Prof Zafar Iqbal, Mufti Abdur Rehman Abid, Maulana Ubaidullah Obaid and Qazi Kashif Niaz – under house arrest for their alleged activities to ‘harm peace and security’.
The organisations run by Saeed – the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and JuD – were also placed on the watch list while he was put on the second schedule under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. Saeed was detained at his residence in Lahore’s Johar Town which was declaring a sub-jail.
A Lahore High Court on Wednesday ordered Saeed’s release, who carries a $10 million US bounty. Sanctions were also imposed on his organisations by the United Nations which designated them as terrorist organisations.
India said on Thursday it was outraged at the court order to release Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.
It is the third time that the cleric has been released by courts after authorities briefly detained him twice in the aftermath of the attacks in November 2008.