On Friday, Pakistan released Hafiz Saeed, a Pakistani Islamist who founded the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group responsible for an organized series of attacks in 2008 in Mumbai, India in which 168 people were killed. One of the locations specifically targeted was an outreach Chabad House. The rabbi and his pregnant wife were tortured before being brutally murdered along with four Jewish visitors. Their nanny escaped with their two-year-old son.
Saeed has been intermittently held under house arrest since the attack and in January, he was again restricted along with four of his aides. The term of his detention ended on Thursday and a panel of three judges dismissed a Pakistani government petition to extend the house arrest.
Despite being released, Saeed is still considered a criminal by other countries. The U.S. Justice Department labeled him a terrorist and issued $10 million reward for his capture. He is on India’s most wanted list for his leading role in the 2008 attack, as well as other deadly attacks inside India.
India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar in a statement expressed outrage that a “self-confessed and UN proscribed terrorist was being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda.”
“He was not only the Mastermind, he was the prime organizer of the Mumbai Terror Attacks in which many innocent Indians and many people from other nationalities were killed,” the statement said.
Kumar said 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.”