Hafiz Saeed, who is the mastermind of Mumbai Terror attacks, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) has been placed under “house arrest”.
In a video message published before his arrest, Saeed accused the friendship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump for the latest action. Saeed also urged his followers to put the issue of Kashmir on Kashmir Solidarity Day, which is observed every year in Pakistan on February 5. He said that he was not afraid of being arrested.
The JuD’s media cell had shared the video message. As the video is seen it appears as if it has been recorded inside a moving car.
JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid said that "Pakistan’s Punjab police arrived at the organisation’s headquarters in Lahore with orders to place Saeed under house arrest. “These steps are being taken to please India."
No official confirmation was given from Pakistan on his arrest, but Indian government sources said that they were observing the development.
“Our diplomats in Islamabad will be sending us a report on the issue,” government sources told, adding that "Saeed had been arrested at least twice in the last 10 years but let off subsequently."
According to the letter, the Ministry has “placed Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JUD) on the Watch List and have listed these organisations in the Second Schedule of the ATA 1997 (as amended)”.
“Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz are reportedly active members of the aforementioned organisations… As such, they must be placed under preventive detention,” states the letter.
It asks the Punjab Home Secretary to “kindly direct the concerned agencies to move and take necessary action” as the matter is most urgent”.
BY M. DIVYA SRI