The house arrest of Saeed and others was extended for next 30 days by the Punjab government on September 25. His freedom had also infuriated Pakistan's arch foe, India. The Punjab government, however, had asked for an extension to Saeed's detention but the court rejected the request.
"We are overjoyed to announce that after waiting for 10 long months, our chief will finally be free", Jamaat-ud-Dawa's information secretary, Nadeem Awan, said in an interview.
Whereas Saeed's counsel had contended that he was being put under house arrest to oblige the United States and it was against the Pakistan's constitution and a violation of his fundamental rights.
He has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations and the U.S. for his role in the Mumbai attack that killed 166 Indians and foreigners and has a $10 million bounty on his head.
"Expressing outrage that a UN-proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free" in Pakistan, India on Thursday described the move by a Pakistani court to release Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed as an "attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists", adding that Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding terrorists. "The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case", said the board which was headed by Justice Abdul Sami Khan.
Saeed said to the Guardian: "I am fighting for the cause of Kashmir, which is why India is after me".
"It's because of Kashmir that India is after me, but all her efforts have been in vain and Allah has set me free". Here, in India, nobody expected Pakistan to punish Hafiz Saeed, nor was it expected that the Pakistani authorities would submit any concrete evidence against him in court.
Ten LeT militants killed 166 people and wounded dozens in Mumbai in November, 2008.
According to members of the JuD, the organization is a charity group but the USA considers it a front for the Pakistan-based LeT militant group.
The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which India accuses of carrying out terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Mumbai attack on November 26th, 2008.