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Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested in Pakistan

Islamabad,July 17 : Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has been arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police in Lahore when he was on his way to Gujranwala. Hafiz Saeed has been sent on judicial remand.

Hafiz Saeed said he will challenge cases against him in the court.

The Imran Khan government has been under pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to act against terror outfits and terrorists operating out of Pakistan.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 26/11 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. It had been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014.

JuD’s network includes 300 seminaries and schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance service. The two groups have about 50,000 volunteers and hundreds of other paid workers.The US Department of the Treasury has designated its chief Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a $10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.

Saeed was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. He was released from house arrest in Pakistan in November 2017.

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