Hafiz release exposes Pakistan's true face

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His freedom had also infuriated Pakistan's arch foe, India.

On Wednesday, the Judicial Review Board of Pakistan's Punjab province ordered Saeed's release in the reported absence of any evidence from the Pakistan government to back its charge that Saeed was a threat to security.

"We plead the board not to order the release of Saeed as Pakistan may face global sanctions", an official requested adding that the JuD leader was detained based on the information of intelligence agencies.

The banned Jamaat- ud -Dawah head, who carries a bounty of Dollars 10 million announced by the United States for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.

Lahore, Nov 24 Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed today walked from house arrest as a free man and moments after the release he said he will gather people across Pakistan for the "cause of Kashmir" and help the Kashmiris secure "freedom". The Jamat- ud -Dawah (JuD) was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.

Saeed had been put under house arrest since Jan 31.

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The religious leader is likely to be released later this week, said his counsel.

The Pakistani government later acknowledged that "part" of the conspiracy to attack Mumbai did take place on its soil, and that LeT had been involved. "It will follow the Lahore High Court boards decision to set him free", a top official in the government told PTI.

India has maintained that Saeed enjoys the support of the Inter-Services Intelligence and his a free spirit in Pakistan.

The board refused to give further extension to the detention of Saeeds aides. India accused Pakistan of sponsoring the attacks through the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which Saeed had founded in the 1990s.

The move is likely to anger American and Indian officials, who have accused Saeed of helping plan the Mumbai attacks in which 10 Pakistani terrorists rampaged through India's largest city, shooting up two luxury hotels, a Jewish center, and a train station during a siege that lasted for several days. Kulbhushan Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was in April sentenced to death by Pakistan's Field General Court Martial on charges of alleged "involvement in espionage and sabotage activities" against Pakistan.