Pakistan: Hafiz Saeed, four others put under house arrest

Hafiz Saeed has reportedly been put under house arrest at the Qadisiyyah Mosque near Lahore. Photograph:( AFP )

Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Jan 30, 2017, 05.18 PM (IST)

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and four others have been put under detention in Pakistan's Punjab province.

Saeed "is at Masjid-e-Qadsia Chauburji and a heavy contingent of police has surrounded the JuD headquarters," JuD official Ahmed Nadeem, who was present at the premises of the outfit, told PTI by phone.

"The commanding police officer told us that he has with him the house arrest order of the JuD chief issued by the Punjab Home Department," Nadeem said.

The interior ministry, in its January 27 order, has put the two organisations -- Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation and Jamaat-ud-Daawa -- on the Watch List and have listed these organisations in the second schedule of the ATA 1997 (as amended). (WION)

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"My detention orders are unlawful and we will challenge them in the court," Saeed told reporters, AFP reported.

Pakistan's Dunya news said Jamaat ud-Dawa (JuD) is most likely to be banned tonight (Monday) by the Pakistan government and its leadership may also be arrested, claims Pakistan media.

Hafiz Saeed, the founder of JuD which serves as the front for the banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT), is the most wanted Pakistani terrorist in India for his alleged links to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The interior ministry, in its January 27 order, has put the two organisations -- Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation and Jamaat-ud-Daawa -- on the Watch List and have listed these organisations in the second schedule of the ATA 1997 (as amended). The notification also asked the home secretary of Pakistan's Punjab province to "kindly direct the concerned agencies to move and take necessary action" as the matter "is most urgent".

Hafiz Saeed, the founder of banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT), is the most wanted Pakistan terrorist in India for his alleged links to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.(Courtesy: Geo News) (Others)

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Earlier during the day, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the government was "bound to take steps to fulfil our obligation" with regard to JuD, PTI reported.

"The organisation [JuD] has been 'under observation' since 2010-11. Since it has also been listed by the UN Security Council [Sanctions Committee], we are bound to take some steps. We are taking those steps to fulfill our obligations," he told reporters after inaugurating a passport office in Islamabad.

JuD was declared a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014. Saeed carries a reward of $10 million announced by the United States.

(WION with inputs from agencies)