Hafiz Saeed arrested for ‘Spreading Terrorism in the guise of Islam’ : Pakistan

Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and his four aides have been detained for “spreading terrorism in the name of jihad”, Pakistan’s interior ministry has told a judicial review board.

Saeed appeared before the board yesterday and argued that he had been detained by the Pakistani government in order to stop him for raising voice for Kashmiris.

However, the ministry rejected his arguments and convinced the judicial review board of his crime.

Police produced Saeed and his four aides before the board at Lahore registry of the apex court amid high security. A large number of Saeed’s supporters gathered outside the court.

Saeed’s counsel advocate A K Dogar was also present but the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chose to plead his case before the court.

“The allegations levelled by the government against me had never been proved by any state institution. My organisation and I have been victimised for raising voice for freedom of Kashmir and criticising the government’s weak policy on the Kashmir issue,” Saeed said.

He said that he had been placed under house in order to stop him for raising voice for Kashmiri people. Saeed appealed to the board to set aside the Punjab government’s detention order.

“The government detained the JuD leaders on pressure of United Nations and international organisations,” an official representing the federal interior ministry told the board.

The Punjab government on January 30 had put these five under house arrest in Lahore for their involvement in activities which were prejudicial to peace and security.

The government has also placed JuD and FIF under second schedule of the anti-terrorism act.
The Nawaz government had reportedly taken action against Saeed after the US evidently pressured Islamabad on their concerns with homegrown terrorists operating in Pakistan.

JuD is said to be the front for the banned Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT). The organisation has been declared as a terrorist organisation’ by the US in June 2014.

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