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US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saeed's organisation, Lashkar-e-Taiba, was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including American citizens. Pak should charge Saeed for his crimes: US Meanwhile, the US on Friday asked the Pakistan government to make sure Saeed is arrested and charged for his crimes, following his release.

In 2008, the US Treasury Department declared Saeed a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order and placed him under sanctions. The JuD head, who carries a United States dollars 10 million U.S. bounty for his role in terror, was freed after the government decided against detaining him further. "India has been lobbying against me", the militant leader said. Saeed, who is the alleged mastermind of coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India, in 2008, was removed from house arrest Thursday.

The JuD chief went a mile more and maintained that Nawaz deserved to be removed for his peace overtures with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "He wanted friendship with India and completely ignored the Kashmir cause", Saeed was quoted as saying by PTI.

A Supreme Court ruling disqualified Sharif from office in July over a corruption investigation, though his party still runs the government.

The decision to put Mr Saeed under house arrest in January was seen as a response to actions by US President Donald Trump's White House against nations deemed linked to terrorism.

Earlier, four of Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa colleagues - Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz - were released when a similar review board deemed the government's evidence for their continued detention to be insufficient.

LeT is accused of several bloody attacks, most notably the 2008 Mumbai attack that left almost 166 people dead, including six USA citizens and other Western nationals.

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since gaining independence from the British in 1947 over Kashmir, which both claim in full but administer separate parts of.

". I was detained on the pressure of the United States on the Pakistani government". He, however, has repeatedly denied involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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