Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 164, including 6 at the Chabad house, has been released from house arrest by the Lahore high court.
Saeed had been in custody since January when Pakistan outlawed the terrorist group he co-founded, Lashkar-e-Taiba. He denies being a terrorist, but the surviving Mumbai terrorist fingered him as the mastermind in his confession.
Saeed is also a popular cleric in Pakistan, which may be one reason the government let him go.The United States and India issued statements critical of the decision.
Lashkar-e-Tayyiba “is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens. The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
Hours after Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed was freed from house arrest, the United States State Department has called for Pakistan to arrest and charge him for his crimes. the United States announced a bounty of $10 million on Hafeez Saeed, for his role in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. When asked about the bounty Saeed replied, “I am living my life in the open and the US can contact me whenever they want.” He subsequently stated that he is ready to face “any American court” to answer the charges and added that if Washington wants to contact him they know where he is. “This is a laughable, absurd announcement. Here I am in front of everyone, not hiding in a cave,” he said in a press conference
News footage showed the Muslim terrorist celebrating with his exultant supporters.