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JuD chief Hafiz Saeed barred to lead Eid prayers by Pakistan government

Islamabad, June 5 : Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was not allowed to lead Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at Lahore’s famous Gaddafi stadium on Wednesday by Pakistani authorities.

Saeed was compelled to offer prayers at a local mosque near his house in Jauhar Town as he was informed in advance that he would not be allowed to lead the prayers at the stadium and if he goes ahead with his plan then the Imran Khan government might arrest him.

Saeed, known for issuing vitriolic speeches against India, was banned on 10 December 2008 by the UN Security Council after the horrific Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed.

In February, Paris-based international terror financing watchdog FATF decided to continue the ‘Grey’ listing of Pakistan for its failure to stop funding of terrorist groups such as the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the JuD.

After receiving this information from the officials Saeed dropped his plan of leading prayers at the stadium.

From the past many years, Saeed has been leading prayers on Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-ul Azha at the Gaddafi Stadium with full support from the local authorities and even received additional security from the Pakistani government.

Saeed had been using such events to further his Kashmir propaganda in front of the people assembled in the stadium during festivals.

Saeed was banned on 10 December 2008 by the UN Security Council after the deadly Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed.

In February, Paris-based international terror financing watchdog FATF decided to continue the ‘Grey’ listing of Pakistan for its failure to stop funding of terrorist groups such as the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the JuD.

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