Pakistan may file 'fresh charge' against Hafiz to keep him in custody

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Pakistan had put Hafiz Saeed under house arrest after considerable pressure from the US.

A court in Pakistan has ordered authorities to release from house arrest an Islamist cleric whom the United States accuses of plotting the 2008 attacks on India's financial capital of Mumbai. After the ruling, Dogar said that the JuD chief will walk free on Thursday night if the Punjab Pakistan government doesn't press more charges and detain him.

The MEA Spokesperson informed that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will be representing India at the SCO summit in Sochi on 30th November and 1st December.

"The US is aware of media reports that Pakistan (court) ordered release of Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed from house arrest", a State Department spokesperson told PTI.

Above: Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

The United States is also upset over Saeed's release.

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In June 2014, Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) was declared a foreign terrorist organization by the US.

Through a video message, the chief of Pakistan's banned terrorist outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), thanked the judges for his freedom.

Hafiz Saeed is finally released on November 23 after the Lahore court rejected the provincial government's request for a 60-day extension to his detention.

It is also reflective of Islamabad's "duplicity" in tackling terrorism, they said and asked Pakistan to "walk the talk" on its assurances to the global community over dismantling terror infrastructure and not allowing its soil to be used for terror acts.

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 Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997. "And in case of Saeed, a designated terrorist, it also shows how Pakistan is hoodwinking the worldwide community on the issue of terrorism", a source said.

In another development, Kumar said India has responded positively to an offer made by Pakistan to allow the wife of an alleged Indian spy jailed by Islamabad to visit him in prison.

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