Skip to comments.Pakistan releases 'top militant' (..again, Lashkar-e-Taiba 'charity' founder freed by court)
Posted on 06/02/2009 7:27:28 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
A Pakistani court has ordered the release of the leader of an Islamic charity suspected of being a front for a group accused of the Mumbai attacks.
The court ruled the continued house arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawa founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was unconstitutional.
The charity is accused of being a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group India says was behind the attacks. Mr Saeed is also a founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
India has expressed its disappointment, calling the release "regrettable".
More than 170 people died in the Mumbai (Bombay) attacks last November, including nine gunmen.
Mr Saeed, who denies the charges against him, was placed under house arrest in December after the UN added him to a list of people and groups linked to al-Qaeda or the Taliban.
Emerging from the Lahore High Court to shouts of support, Mr Saeed's lawyer, AK Dogar, said the court had ruled that the house arrest "is against the law and constitution of the country".
The court also ordered the release of three other Jamaat-ud-Dawa members. A copy of the court order was not immediately available.
Pakistan's Attorney General Sardar Latif Khosa said the government would read the judgment before deciding whether to appeal against the court's decision.
India was swift to express its concern about Pakistan's commitment to fighting militancy following the court order.
"We are unhappy that Pakistan has not shown the degree of seriousness and commitment it should have to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks," Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told reporters.
This is not the first time that Mr Saeed has been placed under house arrest following militant attacks in India - only to be subsequently released.
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Much ado about nothing. No big deal.
House arrest is a figleaf to convince Americans mostly that the Pakis are doing something.
Like AQKhan’s house arrest by Musharraf.