26/11 Mumbai Attacks Mastermind Hafiz Saeed to Walk Free From House Arrest as Pakistan Judicial Body Orders His Release
Lahore, October 19: Mastermind behind Mumbai attack and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest was extended on Thursday for another 30 days by a Judicial Review Board of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
The board, however, refused to allow the same in the detention of his four aides. The 30-day detention will be applicable from October 24.
Hafiz Saeed’s aide, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid, Abdullah Ubaid and Qazi Kashif Hussain, may walk out free on the expiry of their September 25 detention order if they are not detained in any other case.
Saeed and his four aides were presented before the provincial judicial review board on Thursday amid high security in the Lahore High Court.
A large number of his supporters were also present at the court’s premises who showered petals on him and his aides. Police also stopped them from chanting slogans in the favour of their leader.
The three-member Punjab Judicial Review Board comprising Justice Yawar Ali (head), Justice Abdul Sami and Justice Alia Neelam held the hearing.
After hearing the plea the Home Department of Punjab Government has also sought for three months of extension to the detention of Saeed and others under public safety law.
The government may arrest Saeed’s four aides in any other case on expiry of their detention period for a month and dismissed the government’s plea for further extension of their detention.