New Delhi: Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to judicial custody, news agency ANI reported quoting Pakistan media.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder was arrested on Wednesday by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
Hafiz Saeed faces 23 terror cases in Pakistan. Despite India’s dossier of terror cases against him and evidence of his involvement in the four-day siege of Mumbai by 10 Pakistani terrorists, Saeed has been allowed for years to roam freely in Pakistan and even address anti-India rallies with impunity.
Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people
The arrest comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 22.
Arrested Hafiz Saeed was designated a global terrorist by both the UN and the US. The US, which has pressured Pakistan to crack down on militant groups, has offered a $10 million reward for evidence leading to his conviction.
The LeT has been banned in Pakistan since 2002 and the charities since last year. Saeed, who denies involvement in violence or funding militants, has been freed by Pakistani courts after being detained at his home several times in the past.