Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, was arrested on the 17th of July 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Lahore, arrested Hafiz Saeed.
The report about the arrest of Hafiz Saeed, a globally listed terrorist, was confirmed by the media of Pakistan.
The arrest comes after the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore granted a pre arrest bail to Saeed and three others in a case related to a terrorist group and its illegal use of land for training on the 15th of July.
Hafiz was going to Gujranwala from Lahore when the authorities arrested him. Hafiz is the co founder of a terrorist group Lashkar e Taiba (LeT) and the chief of terrorist outfits Jama’at ud Da’wah (JuD) and Falah e Insaniyat Foundation (FIF.)
According to the sources, the arrest took place after Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, went to the United States (U.S.,) for a bilateral meeting.
After the arrest, the CTD will send Hafiz Saeed to judicial remand for further investigation and action.
When asked about the arrest, the Government of India said, “We have seen this ‘action’ before. Important that it is irreversible and verifiable.”
The Indian Government made these comments because this is not the first time the Pakistan Government arrested Hafiz. Previously, he was arrested, but the Pakistani courts released him due to lack of evidence.
According to the sources, the arrest is also said to be due to the pressure on the Pakistan Government from the Finacial Action Task Force (FATF,) which asked the Government to take action against the terrorism and terrorist groups in Pakistan.
The FATF also said, it should be done as soon as possible, or Pakistan will be put on the grey list of countries for terror financing. The FATF also gave a deadline of October to Pakistan to take a stand against terrorism.
According to sources, to avoid the situation, the Pakistan Government worked as per the orders and arrested Hafiz.
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