26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested in Lahore

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UN designated global terrorist Hafiz Saeed
UN designated global terrorist Hafiz Saeed

Lahore : Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has been arrested from Lahore while he was on his way to Gujranwala, said Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police ( Pakistan).

He has been sent on judicial remand.

According to a news report, Hafiz Saeed is likely to challenge cases against him in court.

The arrest comes a day after Pakistan its airspace and before Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden trip to the White House to help repair its relationship with the United States.

There was an immense pressure on Pakistan from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to take action against terrorist outfits and terrorists operating from their nation.

In June this year, the FATF gave Pakistan a deadline of October this year to prove that it has improved its efforts to counter terror financing failing which the country would be facing sanctions.

Hafiz Saeed was earlier booked along with 12 accomplices for terror funding. He is facing 23 terror-related cases in Pakistan.

Hafiz Saeed is a UN-designated a global terrorist and is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba. The US has announced a bounty of $10 million for providing evidence leading to his conviction.