Hafiz Saeed arrested, sent to judicial remand for seven days

Mumbai 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested in Pakistan

Mumbai 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested in Pakistan

Saeed, a United Nations designated terrorist whom the USA has placed a Dollars 10 million bounty on, was arrested while he was going to Gujranwala from Lahore on Wednesday morning when he was arrested by the anti-terrorism authorities of the Punjab Province. He also believes it is U.S. pressure that led to the arrest of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief.

Saeed would often address public rallies and regularly give sermons at Pakistani mosques besides leading a political party his charity group founded.

The arrests were also made ahead of Pakistan PMs USA visit.

Shunning the impression of any foreign pressure over the arrest, he termed the matter an internal matter of Pakistan and said Hafiz Saeed will face cases registered against him.

Many of those cynical observers can be found in India, which remains unconvinced Saeed or any other top leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba will be held accountable for the Mumbai attack.

The U.S. had offered $10 million for Saeed's arrest late past year and Washington recently stepped up pressure on Islamabad to crack down on terror groups.

Nearly a year later, Indian Ministry of External Affairs demanded action from Pakistan.

Fast forwarding a couple of months after his house arrest, Lahore High Court declares Hafiz Saeed a free man and deemed his containment as unconstitutional. The US had declared a $10 million reward for capturing the Pakistan-based terrorist.

The JuD said it would challenge the arrest in court and apply for bail for Saeed.

"We want real action, not these kinds of steps that are reversible".

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

"We have seen this before", the official said.

Earlier in February, following diplomatic pressure after the Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan had banned Saeed's terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its front Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).

The Pakistani government had also recently arrested the JuD's second-in-command Abdul Rehman Makki, who is brother-in-law of Saeed, on the charges of making a public speech and terror financing charges.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government have launched sweeping investigations under threat of sanction by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an anti-money laundering and terrorism financing group established by the G7.