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Hafiz Saeed, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind, arrested in Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind, arrested in Pakistan Hafiz Saeed, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind, arrested in Pakistan
Deanna Wagner | 17 July, 2019, 23:59

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed Pakistan arrested Mumbai terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed "after a ten year search", because of the pressure his administration exerted over the past two years.

After his arrest, Mr Saeed was taken before a judge and ordered to be held in jail until the next hearing on Tuesday, Mr Shafiq said.

Pakistan officials have arrested an Islamic cleric and American-wanted terror suspect implicated in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, days ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan's trip to Washington.

His two charities were banned in February a year ago, and the government froze their assets in compliance with a United Nations request.

India wasn't impressed with Pakistan's efforts and said the crackdown seemed like an attempt to hoodwink the worldwide community.

A CTD official told media Hafiz Saeed had been presented in an anti-terrorism court and sent to prison.

Saeed founded the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which was blamed for the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. "One court orders his arrest, another frees him", said the official, who has close knowledge of diplomatic issues with Pakistan.

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Pakistan is now on the Financial Action Task Force's grey list, denoting its status as a haven for money laundering.

Hafiz Saeed is a UN-designated a global terrorist and the USA previously posted a $10 million bounty for evidence leading to Saeed's conviction.

Earlier this month provincial Punjab government had slapped terror financing charges against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and trusts run by him. The watchdog gave Pakistan an October deadline to improve its efforts against terror financing.

In June, Khan vowed to crack down on militant groups operating in Pakistan amid growing US and global pressure. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing & money laundering under Anti Terrorism Act 1997.

Saeed was released from the house arrest in November, 2017 after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case.

At the time, the country's counterterrorism department said it had launched 23 cases against Saeed and 12 of his aides for collecting funds and donations for alleged terrorist activities.