Lahore : Mumbai 26/11 mastermind and notorious terrorist as well as JeM Chief (Jaish-e-Mohammed) Hafiz Saeed has been arrested in Lahore.
Hafiz was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police (Pakistan’s) from Lahore when he was on his way to Gujranwala. Hafiz Saeed has been reportedly sent on judicial remand. As per sources, Hafiz Saeed has said he will challenge cases against him in the court.
The arrest comes a day after Pakistan opened its airspace and before Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden trip to the White House to help repair its relationship with the United States.
The Imran Khan government has been under pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to act against terror outfits and terrorists operating out of Pakistan.
Hafiz Saeed was earlier booked along with 12 accomplices for terror funding. He is facing 23 terror-related cases in Pakistan. Saeed was, however, granted bail as the government said they did not produce concrete evidence before the court.
Earlier, Pakistan counter-terrorism department said it had registered 23 cases against Hafiz Saeed and 23 others for using five trusts to “raise funds for terrorism financing”.