Chief Hafiz Saeed Of Lashkar Was Detained In Pakistan On Allegations Of Terror Financing
Pakistani authorities have detained Hafiz Saeed, head of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), several media reports said Wednesday.
According to the Pakistan Express Tribune, in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan, Pakistani officials have recorded instances under the Anti-Terrorism Act against the management of prohibited outfits such as the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the LeT and the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF). These groups ' leaders will be prosecuted in anti-terrorism courts, the study said.
A spokesperson for Pakistan's Punjab province's chief minister confirmed the arrest of Saeed, Reuters revealed.
The arrests follow warnings from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) based in Paris, which aims to curb the flow of cash to terrorist networks. Pakistan is already on the "grey list" of the FATF and was advised that it might be placed on its "black list."
The move also arises days before Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan travels to the US to meet President Donald Trump for his first face-to-face session.
Since Trump took office in 2017, relations between Pakistan and the US have been tense, with the US leader often singing out Islamabad for failing to rein in extremists and being an unfaithful partner in combating terrorists.
In the past, Saeed has been detained and released many times, including following the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008. In the event, India considers Saeed to be the mastermind and demands that he be brought to trial. There was no instant reaction from the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs requesting Pakistan's "verifiable" and "irreversible" action on targeting terrorist groups.
Pakistan has been on the grey list of the 36-nation FATF since last year.
The FATF worked in June last year to enhance Islamabad's anti-money laundering and fight terrorist funding regimes.
The follow-up to indices by a 10-point action plan, with special deadlines, were then mutually agreed between Pakistan and FATF in accordance with two individuals with development familiarity.
The scheme consisted of curbing terrorist funds like the JuD, the FiF, LeT, the Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Network Haqqani and Afghanistan's Taliban.