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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Hafiz Saeed Detention Lifted on 'Technical Grounds'

The principal group blamed for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks which I reported on, the Lashkar-I- Toiba, is said to be using the Jamaat-ud-Dawa as a front. The Chief of the JuD, Hafiz Saeed, is the man India says is behind the attacks, which is why the country has been campaigning to have him brought to court.

He was put under house arrest in December 2008, but released just a couple of weeks ago, much to India's surprise. The Hindu reported;

ISLAMABAD: A Full Bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered the release of Hafiz Saeed, the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, known as a front organisation of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The LeT has been blamed for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, among other strikes.
Mr. Saeed was placed under house arrest in December 2008 during a government crackdown on the JuD following the Mumbai attacks and shortly after the U.N. Security Council 1267 Committee (on Al-Qaeda, Usama bin Laden, the Taliban and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities) designated him and the group as “terrorist.”

Saeed challenged his detention in the High Court on technical grounds. He has managed to escape detention on 'technical grounds' twice before.

Trawling back, I found this interview with Saeed.

Interestingly, Saeed condemned the killing of senior cleric Dr Naeemi which happened on the 9th June as 'Unislamic.'

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