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Supreme Court backs release of alleged Mumbai attack mastermind

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday backed the release of a militant leader who was accused of masterminding the Mumbai attacks, dismissing government appeals against his release. Pakistan’s central government and Punjab government had challenged the release of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, by a high court last year.

Hafiz Saeed

Hafiz Saeed

The three member bench was headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk and comprised of Justice Jawad S. Khwaja and Justice Rehmant Hussain. The court observed that the government had failed to present any proof against Hafiz Saeed and that he could not be held on the bases of speculations.

“The prosecution has failed to prove its case,” defence lawyer A K Dogar said.

“We cannot usurp the right of freedom of a person on mere assumption,” Dogar quoted a short order from the court as saying.

These appeals were filed by the federal government and the punjab governement against the release of Hafiz Saeed. Hafiz Saeed was arrested in December 2008 after the mumbai attacks and was released by the lahore high court in June 2009.

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