Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and four others have been listed under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism act by the Pakistan government.
As per reports, the Pak government has included names of Saeed and one of his close aides, Qazi Kashif, in the fourth schedule of the Anti-terrorism Act (ATA).
The others that have been named in the list are Abdullah Obaid from Faisalabad, and Zafar Iqbal and Abdur Rehman Abid from the Markaz-i-Taiba, Muridke.
This decision has come from the Pakistan government after the devastating explosion by the Islamic State (IS) that ripped through a Sufi shrine, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan town of Pakistan’s Sindh province on Thursday, killing at least 72 people, including 12 women and four children, and injuring over 250 others.
On Friday, a day after the horrific suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in Sindh province that left 88 people dead, the Pakistan Army on Friday claimed to have killed more than 100 militants in intelligence-based operations carried out by security forces across the country.
On February 13, a massive explosion took place near the Punjab Assembly at Mall Road, Lahore in Pakistan where over 16 people were killed and over 60 were left severely injured. Just a few hours after Lahore’s Mall Road explosion, another explosion was reported from Balochistan’s Quetta city near Saryab Road.
Earlier, the names of Saeed and 37 other (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat (FIF) leaders had earlier also been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL)
The government had also put Saeed and four other leaders under house arrest for 90 days for engaging in activities prejudicial to peace and security, the report said.
Arguing that no evidence had ever been produced in courts, Saeed said, “The JuD has never been involved in any terrorist activity in Pakistan and no incident of any terrorism or destruction of property was ever alleged against the organisation.”