Pakistan mainstreaming terrorists, says outraged India on Hafiz Saeed's release

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Pakistan mainstreaming terrorists, says outraged India on Hafiz Saeed's release

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said it is evident that Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding non-state actors, and its true face is visible for all to see.

India today slammed Pakistan for its decision to release Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who was on house arrest for 10 months. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said it is evident that Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non state actors, and its true face is visible for all to see.

"Saeed will walk free after midnight if the government does not detain him in any other case. We fear that the Punjab government may detain Saeed in any other case," Saeed's counsel Advocate AK Dogar earlier told PTI.

A Lahore High Court review board on Wednesday rejected an appeal of the Punjab government seeking to extend the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief's detention for more three months and ordered his release. His current detention order expires today.

Kumar said the release of Saeed appeared to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists.

"It is the responsibility of the Pakistani government to fulfil its international obligations and take credible and effective action against terrorists like Hafiz Saeed," Kumar said.

The Indian reaction came a day after the Lahore High Court ordered Saeed to be freed after about 10 months of house arrest, citing lack of evidence against him.

Kumar said Saeed was not only the "mastermind" of the Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 Indians and foreigners but also the "prime organiser" behind the horror. India also blamed him for unleashing terror attacks against Pakistan's neighbours.

Kumar said India and the entire international community was outraged that a self-confessed and UN proscribed terrorist was allowed to "walk free" and continue with his "evil agenda".

Saeed and his four aides- Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal Shahbaz, Abdur Rehman and Qazi Kashif Hussain - have been under house arrest since January under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

-With IANS inputs

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