Pakistan: Four aides of Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed walk free

The men were under preventative detention since January along with Saeed. The home dept could not convince judicial review board about keeping them in further detention.

world Updated: Nov 11, 2017 18:14 IST
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Hafiz Saeed waves on his arrival to a court in Lahore, Pakistan on October 19.(AP File Photo)

Four aides of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who were detained along with the JuD chief by the government of Pakistan’s Punjab province under preventative detention since January, have been released.

Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain - walked free as the judicial review board refused to extend their detention.

On January 31, Saeed and his four aides were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, which was then extended further.

However, the last two extensions were made under the ‘public safety law’.

The home department could not convince the board about keeping the four men in further detention.

Under the law, the government can detain a person for up to 90 days under different charges but for an extension to that detention it needs approval from the judicial review board.

But Saeed’s detention was again extended for another 30 days (till November 26) last month under the public safety law.

The Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) has already been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June, 2014. The JuD chief carries a reward of $10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.

Pakistani authorities want beefed up security for JuD chief

Pakistani authorities have written to the Punjab home department asking it to take stringent measures for the security of Hafiz Saeed, claiming a “foreign intelligence agency” had planned to kill him.

In the letter, the National Counter Terrorism Authority said the foreign spy agency had paid Rs 80 million to two activists of a banned outfit for the assassination of Saeed.

It asked the Punjab home department to ensure foolproof security for the Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief.

First Published: Nov 11, 2017 17:40 IST