Pakistan justifies Saeed's release

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Saeed was placed under house arrest in January while Sharif was still prime minister, a move that drew praise from India, long furious at Saeed's continued freedom in Pakistan.

Saeed's detention in Lahore since January was initially interpreted as an attempt to placate the United States, which has taken a tougher tone on Pakistan under Trump. Saeed carries a bounty of $10 million announced by the USA for his role in terror activities. Four aides had already been released.

As the Indian city of Mumbai commemorated the 2008 terror attacks that left 168 people dead, relatives of the victims said Sunday that they're angry Pakistan has released a militant linked to the massacre.

In an extraordinarily strong statement on the subject, the White House just stopped short of calling Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism+, saying the country's failure to prosecute or charge Saeed, "sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan's commitment to combatting global terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil".

Indian soldiers battle militants near the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai on November 29, 2008.

Indian External Affairs Ministry had said that Saeed's "release confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of Pakistani government in bringing to justice perpetrators of heinous acts of terrorism including by individuals and entities designated by the UN".

Often a guest on conservative television talks shows, the popular jihadist still attracts large crowds with his anti-American and anti-Indian diatribes in rallies and protests. Previous administrations handled Pakistan with kid gloves despite compelling evidence of its use of terrorism and terrorist groups to further its policy objective, fearful that Washington did not have sufficient leverage to handle a state that threatens to go rogue when confronted.

The day marks nine years since the Maximum City Mumbai witnessed
the deadly 26/11 attack which claimed the lives of more
than 166 people
The day marks nine years since the Maximum City Mumbai witnessed the deadly 26/11 attack which claimed the lives of more than 166 people

These include elements of the deadly Haqqani network in Afghanistan, the leadership of the Afghan Taliban, as well as Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.

On Saturday, the White House said there would be repercussions for U.S. -Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge a freed Islamist militant accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai, India.

In August, he warned that Pakistan had "much to lose" if it failed to cooperate with the U.S.in neighboring Afghanistan.

"I was detained due to pressure from India".

Before becoming president, Trump criticized Pakistan and said in a tweet: "Get it straight: Pakistan is not our friend". Betrayal and disrespect-and much worse.

The campaign appeared to produce some success this year when Pakistani security forces assisted with the release of a Taliban-held US-Canadian family after five years in captivity.

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