With the Trump administration mounting pressure, Pakistani authorities put Mumbai attack mastermind and Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and four others under detention under an Anti-Terrorism Act. Saeed was at Masjid-e-Qudsia Chauburji in Lahore when police descended there to implement the order of detention issued by Punjab Province’s Interior Ministry yesterday in pursuance to a directive from the Federal Interior Ministry on January 27, JuD activists and Pakistani media said. He “is at Masjid-e-Qudsia Chauburji and a heavy contingent of police has surrounded the JuD headquarters,” JuD official Ahmed Nadeem, who was present at the premises of the outfit, told PTI by phone. “The commanding police officer told us that he has with him the house arrest order of the JuD chief issued by the Punjab Home Department,” Nadeem said. “We are going to shift Hafiz Saeed from Masjid Al-Qudsia Chauburji to his Jauhar Town residence to place him under house arrest on the order of the government,” a senior police officer told PTI. Saeed’s residence has been declared sub-jail, he said.
Meanwhile, the 26/11 mastermind blamed the ‘growing friendship’ between PM Modi and Donald Trump for his house arrest. Saeed released a video in which he claimed that Trump was putting pressure to arrest him since he wanted to become friends with Modi.
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JuD has already been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.
Saeed also carries a reward of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.