Pakistan arrests Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed

Mumbai 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested in Pakistan

Mumbai 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested in Pakistan

Mumbai: Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam on Wednesday termed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's arrest as a "drama" and said that Pakistan is "fooling the world".

Trump said in a tweet that caused surprise and invited some ridicule from regional experts because Saeed has never been in hiding to merit a search.

Mr Khan is to leave for Washington over the weekend on his first official visit to the United States as Prime Minister, which India believes catalysed Mr Saeed's latest arrest.

Saeed was leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group that carried out the four day attack on Mumbai in India in 2008 that killed at least 160 people.

Saeed's two charities were banned in February previous year, and the government froze their assets in compliance with a United Nations request. Trump has repeatedly asked Pakistan to abide by its UN Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds.

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The US Department of the Treasury has designated Hafiz Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the United States, since 2012, has offered a Dollars 10 million reward for information that brings Hafiz Saeed to justice. The arrest has been made to avoid FATF blacklisting of Pakistan.

Since the Khan government has taken control of the JuD and the FIF properties including seminaries and mosques across the country following global pressure built up after the deadly Pulwama attack, Saeed was keeping a low profile at his Lahore's Jauhar Town residence.

Earlier this month, Pakistani authorities had announced a crackdown on terror financing by Lashkar and its front organizations and said cases had been registered against Hafiz Saeed and 12 of his aides. Pakistan said Saeed had been cleared by its courts and sought more eveidence from India.

Many see Saeed's arrest as Pakistan as acting under Financial Action Task Force or FATF's pressure who chose to keep Islamabad on greylist after missing two deadlines to meet its anti-terror financing commitments.

Despite being arrested several times by Pakistani authorities in the past, Saeed has remained in the country and has not been imprisoned for any substantial length of time.

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