Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jama’at-ud-Da’wah Chief Hafiz Saeed was today arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan’s Punjab Province. According to local media reports, Saeed, who has several cases pending against him was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to appear before an anti-terrorism court when the arrest took place.
He has been moved to an unknown location. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. The US Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and since 2012, has offered a 10 million US dollars reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.
Under international pressure, Pakistani authorities had launched investigations into matters of the JuD and LeT regarding their holding and use of trusts to raise funds for terrorism financing.