Pakistan puts Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed under house arrest
Reuters quoted JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid saying that Pakistan's Punjab police force arrived at the outfit's headquarters in Lahore with orders to place Saeed under house arrest
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief, Hafiz Saeed, has been put under "house arrest", reported Pakistan media on Monday by quoting sources in Punjab's provincial government.
Saeed, in a video released just before his arrest, slammed the camaraderie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US president Donald Trump for the action. He also asked his followers to raise the topic of Kashmir during Kashmir Solidarity Day, observed every year in Pakistan on February 5, and added that he was not afraid of getting arrested.
Saeed also says in the message that his arrest was the result of diplomatic pressure from India due to his rigorous campaign about Kashmir unrest and Balochistan. The friendship Trump wanted to built with Modi contributed to the pressure put on Pakistan, added Lashkar chief.
Reuters quoted JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid saying that Pakistan's Punjab police force arrived at the outfit's headquarters in Lahore with orders to place Saeed under house arrest. “These steps are being taken to please India,” claimed Mujahid.
The Pakistan authorities are yet to confirm the arrest, but Indian government said that they were closely monitoring the developments. Indian Express quoted government officials as saying, “Our diplomats in Islamabad will be sending us a report on the issue".
JuD, a self- proclaimed charity outfit, is said to be the front for the banned LeT and Saeed was announced as a globally designated terrorist by the UN. The US in 2012 announced a $10 million dollar bounty on Saeed.
According to Geo News, Saeed ha been placed under house arrest at Jamia Qadsia Chauburji in Lahore.
Geo News on its website published a letter titled "Action against Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation and Jamaat ud Dawa" issued by Pakistan's Interior Ministry Saeed has been placed under “preventive detention”, along with four others. The four were identified as Abdullah Ubaid (Faisalabad), Zafar Iqbal (Muridkay, Markaz-e-Taiba), Abdur Rehman Abid (Muridkay, Markaz-e-Taiba) and Qazi Kashif Niaz (Multan, presently in Lahore). The ministry had reportedly put their names on a Watch List as per UNSC norms.