New Delhi, Nov 24: Mumbai terror attack Hafiz Saeed received a hero’s welcome after being released from house arrest following orders of a Pakistani court. The Jamaat-ud-Dawa head was showered with rose petals as he walked out of a swanky white SUV to deliver his first sermon in Lahore on Friday. Saeed was also seen cutting a cake and distributing sweets among his supporters in celebration of his release.
Delivering his first ‘sermon’ in over 10 months, the UN-designated international terrorist continued his rant against India and warned that his fight for a ‘free Kashmir’ would continue.
“We will continue with out Jihad. I don’t care about the world. Our mission can be accomplished only through Jihad. Let the US bark…I don’t care,” Saeed said trigerring a huge applause from the gathering.
India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded trial of Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of evidence it had provided to Islamabad. (Watch: Hafiz Saeed Spews Venom Against India)
However, Punjab province’s Judicial Review Board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) earlier this week unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which expired on Thursday (November 23) night.
Saeed’s Release Outrageous: India
India had expressed outrage over the decision of the judicial board to release Saeed, calling it an attempt by Pakistan to mainstream proscribed terrorists and a reflection of its continuing support to non-state actors.
“It also appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists. Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi on Thursday..
“India, as indeed the entire International community, is outraged that a self confessed and a UN proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda,” he added.
On January 31, Saeed and his four aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain – were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.
Saeed’s four aides were set free in the last week of October. The US has offered a US$ 10 million bounty for Saaed, who has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations.