A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered the release of a hard-line Islamist cleric allegedly linked to last year's deadly attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, his lawyer said, setting the stage for a new round of tensions between the neighboring countries.
The Lahore High Court's decision to free Hafiz Mohammed Saeed came amid growing tension in Pakistan's northwest, where security forces on Tuesday rescued dozens of students and teachers kidnapped by militants and where the army continues to battle Taliban fighters in the Swat Valley.
India has demanded Pakistan vigorously pursue those behind the November siege of its commercial capital that killed 164 people and left nine of 10 gunmen dead.
There was no immediate Indian comment Tuesday.
Pakistan has said it took several alleged suspects into custody, including Saeed, the head of a charity that the UN says is a front group for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant organization blamed in the attack.