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Hafiz Saeed walks out of house detention, says will fight for Kashmiris

Lahore: Hafiz Saeed, whose house detention ended on Friday said while addressing a gathering outside his house said that he would gather people across Pakistan for the ‘Kashmir cause’ and will try to help Kashmiris get their ‘destination of freedom’.

Saeed, who has a bounty of USD 10 million, walked out of house detention after the Lahore High Court ordered his release.

“I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir,” Saeed told his supporters gathered outside his residence to celebrate his release.

“I fight for the case of Kashmiris. I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir and we will try to help Kashmiris get their destination of freedom,” he said upon his release.

Using the release order to buttress his claim of innocence, Saeed said: “I am very happy that none of the allegations against me proved as three judges of the LHC ordered my release… India had levelled baseless allegations against me. The LHC’s review board decision has proved that I am innocent”.

The JuD chief said that the US, on India’s request, pressured Pakistan to detain him. “I was detained on the pressure of the US on the Pakistani government. The US did so on the request of India,” he claimed.

Several JuD supporters, gathered outside Saeed’s house in Lahore’s Jauhar town to celebrate his release, shouted anti- India slogans and described their leader as “a hope for the Kashmiri people”.

“We are happy to see our leader free. Hafiz sahib received his release order from the jail officials. Now he is a free man,” JuD spokesman Ahmad Nadim said.

“Saeed has been freed as the Punjab government decided not to detain him further in any other case,” a top government official told PTI.

He said that after a long deliberation, it has been decided to follow the review board’s decision.

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