Principal architect of Mumbai terror attack and head of the banned Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan’s Punjab Province, officials said.
According to reports, ahead of verdict in Khulbhshan Jadhav case, Hafiz was was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to to appear before an anti-terrorism court when the arrest took place, officials said.
Pakistan arrested the leader of banned organisations like the Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) follow warnings issued by Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Saeed-led JuD (Jamaat ud Dawa) is believed to be the front organization for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which carried out terror strikes including the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people in India.
The US Department of the Treasury has designates Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
Since 2012, the United States has offered a $10 million reward for providing evidence leading to his conviction.
Action against Hafiz Saeed followed pressure from the international community, which placed Pakistan on its “grey list” of countries over terrorism financing.