New Delhi, Nov 23: Moments after a Pakistan court set the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed free, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) head released a video vowing to continue fighting for the ‘freedom’ of Kashmir. Saeed, who was detained put under house arrest by Pakistani authorities under intense international pressure in January this year, is set walk free on Thursday after Judicial Review Board of Pakistan’s Punjab province order.
The video, which was posted on the JuD’s Twitter handle, shows Saeed, who has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations, thanking Pakistani authorities for his release.
“Mubarakbad (thanks) to all the judges and authorities…a few people objected to the decision (him being released) but the judges rejected their arguments. I want all the judges of Lahore High Court who were with me,” Saeed said in the video message
“I am fighting for Kashmir’s independence. I pray to god that may He help me and my community in getting the freedom for Kashmir. India is after me but all its attempted against me have gone in waste,” 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.
The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack.