Pakistan Counter-Terrorism Department arrests accused mastermind of Mumbai attacks JuD head Hafiz Saeed
Pakistan Counter-Terrorism Department on Wednesday jailed Hafiz Saeed, the claimed mastermind of a four-day militant attack on Mumbai in 2008, a spokesman for the chief minister of Punjab claimed.
The action came days before the visit to Washington by Head Of State Imran Khan, that has pledged to punish militant teams operating in Pakistan.
A spokesman for Punjab Governor Shahbaz Gill stated Saeed was detained near the town of Gujranwala in central Pakistan.
Following the arrest, Saeed has been transferred to an unidentified place, the record further said, adding that media will certainly soon be notified about details of the arrest.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought reactions from the federal government, the Punjab federal government and the CTD on an application submitted by the JuD principal as well as his seven aides testing a situation bring the fee of horror financing lodged by the anti-terrorism division.
AK Dogar represented Saeed, Muhammad Ayub Sheikh, Zafar Iqbal, Syed Luqman Ali Shah, Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, Abdul Salam, Abdul Ghaffar as well as Abdul Qudoos Shahid throughout the proceedings.
Previously, a pair of non-profit organizations including Al-Anfaal Count on, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Depend on were banned in April as the CTD, throughout thorough examinations, located out that they had web links with the JuD and its top management, that were charged with misusing funds and financing terrorism.
“The charges, he faces, are still unknown,” JuD spokesperson, verifying the arrest.
The two-member bench of the Lahore High Court, consisting of Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry and Justice Mohammad Waheed Khan, directed the parties to submit their replies within two weeks.
He has refused any involvement and also claimed his network that includes 300 colleges and seminaries, medical facilities, publishing home, and ambulance services has no connections to militant groups.
Reportedly, the arrest is a component of new governmental steps to eliminate spiritual extremism under the country’s National Activity Plan (SNOOZE).
Saeed was on his way to an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujranwala to seek bail when the CTD authorities jailed him in the Gujranwala jurisdiction, a private media residence reported.
Saying that the petition was non-maintainable, the counsel for the federal government objected to the notices yet his objection was rejected by the court as well as the process were adjourned until July 30.
The petitioners had mentioned in their application that the facts narrated regarding them in the FIR registered on July 1 were misstated as well as they were illegally referred to as members of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba while being knocked with claims of fear funding.
Saeed, marked a terrorist by the United States, is the owner of Lashkar-e-Taiba, or Military of the Pure, the militant group criticized by the USA and also India for the Mumbai attacks, which eliminated even more than 160 people.