Hafiz Saeed’s detention is in national interest: Pakistan Army
"The detention is a policy decision taken in the national interest by the state,� said Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor, addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi.
Pakistan Army, for the first time, has supported the government’s action to place Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief under house arrest, calling the detention a “policy decision taken in the national interest”.
"The detention is a policy decision taken in the national interest by the state,” said Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor, addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi.
The shift in Pakistan Army's stance signifies that the Pakistan government and the military are on the same page regarding the strategy to be adopted towards militant and terror outfits.
“The relevant department may give more information in a day or two and the situation will become clearer,” General Asif Ghafoor added.
It is not clear what prompted Pak Army to undertake this crackdown, although Pakistani media reports suggested that the US administration was behind the action.
While Ghafoor denied that Saeed was arrested due to any foreign pressure, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief himself said, "My detention order has come from Washington and not Islamabad." Ghafoor added, "I'd be able to elaborate on the matter as time passes."
According to a PTI report, Saeed, who was allowed to address a press conference before being placed under house arrest at his residence in Jauhar Town, Lahore, said: “My detention order has come from Washington and not Islamabad. If someone thinks that placing me under house arrest will help check the freedom movement in Kashmir, he is living in a fool’s paradise. My arrest will give a fresh impetus to the Kashmiris’ struggle against India.”
A Pakistan Interior Ministry official told PTI that “the government has detained Saeed and four other JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat leaders for 90 days with effect from January 30, but this detention may further be extended if required. The government may take some further steps against the JuD and its sister organisations in the coming days.”