Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar chief and Mumbai attack mastermind, arrested and sent to jail: Pak media
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Lashkar-e-Taiba chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail, news agency ANI reported quoting Pakistani media.
Saeed, who faces 23 terror cases in Pakistan, has been sent to judicial custody and will face trial, as per media reports.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested Saeed while he was travelling from Lahore to Gujranwala. The CTD officials are expected to hold a news conference later in the day regarding the arrest.
Sources in Islamabad confirmed that Saeed co-founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, another banned terror outfit, who was to appear in an anti-terror court in Pakistan relating to a case of terror funding, was arrested earlier in the day.
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Monday had granted pre-arrest bail to the Mumbai terror attack mastermind and three others in a case pertaining to the banned outfit's alleged illegal use of land for its seminary.
Saeed's arrest came two days after a Pakistan anti-terrorism court in Lahore had granted pre-arrest bail to the UN-designated terrorist in a case of illegal use of land for a seminary.
The court had granted interim bail to Saeed and three other accused until August 31 against surety bonds of Pak Rs 50,000 each, The Dawn had reported.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court issued notices to the federal government, the Punjab government and the CTD of Punjab province on a petition filed by Saeed and seven of his aides in terror financing cases.
India had termed Pakistan's action of charging Saeed "cosmetic".
"Pakistan's sincerity to take action against terrorists and terror groups will be judged on the basis of their ability to demonstrate verifiable, credible and irreversible action against terror groups operating from their soil and not on the basis of half-hearted measures which they undertake sometimes to hoodwink the international community," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said in a statement earlier this month.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has come down heavily against Pakistan for failing to reach its milestones in fighting terrorism. Pakistan may be blacklisted by the watchdog as it is already on the "grey list" of countries who have been inadequate in curbing money laundering and terror financing.
In the wake of previous warnings by FATF, Pakistan had re-instated a ban on two terror outfits linked to Saeed, namely JuD and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, in February.
The move came amid global pressure against Pakistan to clamp down on the terror groups following the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) initiated terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district that killed 40 paramilitary forces.
India has time and again called for creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism for fostering peace and prosperity in the region.
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