As per Pakistani media reports, on Wednesday, Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Jammaat ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested in Gujranwala.
Hafiz Saeed was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department while he was travelling from to Gujranwala from Lahore to appear before an anti-terrorism court, according to Geo News reports.
A spokesman for JuD confirmed Saeed’s arrest and said the charges he faces are still unknown but appear to be linked to terrorism financing, Reuters reported.
On Monday, Hafiz Saeed and three of his aides were granted pre-arrest bail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan over JuD’s illegal use of land for a seminary. Last week, Pakistani authorities had announced a crackdown on terror financing by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front organizations. They said cases were registered against Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed and 12 of his aides.
India was not impressed by Pakistan’s claims and said that the action of terror financing seemed like an effort to “hoodwink” the international community. “Let us not get fooled by these cosmetic steps. We have seen the course of such convictions in the past,” Raveesh Kumar, foreign ministry spokesperson, had said.