USA 'deeply concerned' at release of Mumbai attack suspect

Pakistan frees Hafiz Saeed, alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks

The United States has publicly rebuked Pakistan after it released an Islamist leader accused of organising the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

"Lashkar-e-Taiba is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens", the State Department spokeswoman said.

Pakistan has released a militant wanted by US authorities from house arrest, after a court ordered an end to his detention. This week, a three-judge panel ordered his release after rejecting the government's request to keep him in detention.

"Since 2012, the United States has offered a U.S. $10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice", Nauert said in a statement.

His release, he believes, is a gift from God that further cements his fight to take Kashmir from India.

In an earlier address to his supporters massed outside his Johar Town residence, Saeed thanked the Lahore High Court for refusing to buy the government's arguments that his release would pose a threat to public safety.

Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 10 gunmen attacked targets in India's largest city, including two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre and a train station in a rampage that killed 166 people.

"It is the responsibility of Pakistani government to fulfill its global obligations and take credible and effective action against terrorists like Hafiz Saeed". Indian Foreign Ministry has rightly said that it displayed Pakistan's lack of seriousness in bringing to justice perpetrators of heinous acts of terrorism, including by individuals and entities designated by the United Nations. "I pray to Allah to give us strength so that we keep fighting for Kashmir's independence (from India)".

"If the leaders of the Pakistan start making their own decisions, they will no longer face external pressure", the leader of the proscribed group said.

In 2006, the Pakistani government held him for several months for activities "detrimental" to its relations with other governments.

Pakistan's refusal to take action against Saeed has been one the biggest stress points of its relationship with India.

Saeed's detention had been extended five times since he was detained in a crackdown after government put JuD and its charity arm Falah-i-Insaaniyat Foundation under sanctions and terror watch list.

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