The house arrest of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has been extended by another month by authorities in Pakistan’s Punjab province, claiming that his activities pose a threat to the peace and tranquillity in the country. The JuD Chief is under house arrest in Lahore since January of this year. The Pakistan government took this action after pressure from the Trump administration to act against terror.
The Punjab Home Department yesterday issued an order extending the house arrest of Saeed and his four aides -Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain – for another 30 days with effect from September 25. The previous order to extend his house arrest was issued on July 28.
On January 31, Saeed and four others were put under house arrest by the Pakistan’s Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
“Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Falah-e-Insaniat have planned to create turmoil in the country on their expected release. They have planned to make demonstrations under the leadership of Saeed. He will be portrayed as hero and his acts will be glorified,” Punjab Home Ministry said in a statement.
“If we free Saeed, he will remain a constant threat to the peace of the country. The decision of extending his detention is in the interest of order and peace,” said Pakistan’s Punjab Home Ministry.
In 2012, the United States placed a $10m bounty for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who is also the founder of the armed group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).”
The U.N. and the U.S. have already declared JuD a terrorist organisation but Pakistan had stalled action after the JuD got a reprieve from the Punjab High Court.
Saeed has been accused by both the US and India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people in attacks across India’s largest city.