Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested in Pakistan

Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested in Pakistan

It provided detailed dossiers to Pakistan underlining Hafiz Saeed's involvement in the Mumbai attacks in 2008 that lasted four days and killed 174 people.

Leaders of these groups will be prosecuted in anti-terrorism courts, the report said.

In 2017, Hafiz Saeed and his four aides were detained by Pakistan but they were released after almost 11 months when the Judicial Review Board of Punjab refused to extend their confinement. He denies his vast network of some 300 seminaries and schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance services is linked to violence or the funding of militant groups.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a United States dollars 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.

Saeed was released from the house arrest in November, 2017 after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case.

"Pakistan is fooling the world that they have arrested him".

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".

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The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June held out the possibility of placing Pakistan on its "black list", saying Islamabad had failed for the second consecutive time to implement an action plan to counter terror financing.The multilateral watchdog placed Pakistan on its "grey list" in June previous year. In June this year, the FATF gave Pakistan a deadline of October this year to prove that it has improved its efforts to counter terror financing failing which the country would be facing sanctions.

Khan has indicated that with his visit to the White House early next week, he hopes to fix his country's often acrimonious relationship with the U.S.

Khan has publicly sparred with Mr. Trump in the past and once described a potential meeting with him as a "bitter pill" to swallow.

India wasn't impressed with Pakistan's efforts and said the crackdown seemed like an attempt to hoodwink the global community.

The US, UK and France has also pressured Pakistan to act.

The United States has offered a $10 million reward for Saeed's arrest and Washington recently stepped up pressure on Islamabad to crack down on terror groups.

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