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    Pakistani court releases top Mumbai suspect Tuesday, June 2, 2009 A Pakistani court has ordered the release of militants chief allegedly linked to last year s
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      Pakistani court releases top Mumbai suspect
      Tuesday, June 2, 2009


      A Pakistani court has ordered the release of militants' chief allegedly linked to last year's deadly attacks on the Indian port city of Mumbai.

      A panel of three judges from the high court in the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday ruled that there was no reason to hold Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Jamaat-ud-Dawa founder, under house arrest.

      Sources said the court released Saeed after insufficient evidence to link him to last November deadly Mumbai raids.

      "The arrest violated the constitution, therefore Hafiz Saeed and his
      colleagues are being released," Saeed's lawyer A.K Dogar told reporters.

      The Islamabad government had come under international pressure to place Jamaat members under house arrest after the UN Security Council blacklisted the organization as a terror group.

      The Jamaat is accused of being a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the group New Delhi says was behind the Mumbai raids, which killed at least 179 people including nine militants.

      New Delhi was swift to express its concern about Islamabad's commitment to fighting terrorism following the Tuesday's ruling.

      The Indian Home ministry said it was 'unhappy' over a court decision. "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 said.

      The release is set the stage for a new round of tensions between the two neighbors.

      Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors have sunk to a new low after militants, allegedly belonging to the Pakistan-based LeT terrorist group, attacked several areas across the Indian port city of Mumbai in November 2008.

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