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Pakistan arrests 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed

File photo of Hafiz Saeed. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi Jul 17, 2019, 12.48 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal

Pakistan on Wednesday arrested 26/11 mastermind, Hafiz Saeed, while he was on his way to Gujranwala from Lahore. He has been sent to jail on judicial remand. He was arrested by Pakistan's Punjab province's Counter-Terrorism Department. It is not immediately known the charges against him.

The arrest of Saeed comes days before Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visits the US on a bilateral visit. 

This is not for the first time he has been arrested. The last time when he was arrested, the Pakistani courts had released him due to lack of evidence. 

Earlier this month provincial Punjab government had slapped terror financing charges against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and trusts run by him.

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But India has rejected actions by Islamabad with one Indian government sources telling WION that "We have seen this 'action' before. Important that it is irreversible and verifiable."

New Delhi has been asked Islamabad to take credible, verifiable, irreversible & sustainable measures on terror groups and financing of terror from any territory under its control.

The four main members of Jamat-ud-Dawa (JUD) who have been mentioned in the cases were-- Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Abdul Rehman Makki (brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed), Ameer Hamza & Mohammad Yahya Aziz. 

The main charities listed are--Dawat Irshad Trust, Moaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al-Anfaal Trust, Al-Madina Foundation Trust & Al-Hamd Trust who have been operating from major Pakistani cities like Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan.

According to Pakistan's Punjab government officials, "cases reveal that these individuals have been involved in raising funds to facilitate terror activities." and "operating under the umbrella of charities, these organizations have been funnelling funds to terror suspects and promoting terrorism".

Many see Saeed's arrest as Pakistan as acting under Financial Action Task Force or FATF's pressure who decided to keep Islamabad on greylist after missing two deadlines to meet its anti-terror financing commitments.

Speaking at the end of FATF plenary last month in Florida, president of the counter-terror financing body Marshall Billingslea said, "There is absolutely a possibility that Pakistan could be put on the blacklist" if it fails to fulfill its commitments before the next plenary in October in Paris.