Pakistan arrests accused militant leader Hafiz Saeed

Published July 17, 2019, 3:50 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters

ISLAMABAD – Authorities in Pakistan have arrested Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), or Army of the Pure, the militant group blamed by the United States and India for a four-day attack on Mumbai in 2008, Geo Television said on Wednesday.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (C), chief of the Islamic charity organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), speaks to supporters during a gathering to protest against Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan December 29, 2017. (REUTERS / Faisal Mahmood / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (C), chief of the Islamic charity organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), speaks to supporters during a gathering to protest against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan December 29, 2017.
(REUTERS / Faisal Mahmood / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

A spokesman for Jammaat ud-Dawa (JuD), a charity run by Saeed, said counter-terrorism officials arrested Saeed while he was on his way to the central Pakistan town of Gujranwala. The charges he faces are still unknown but appear to be linked to terrorism financing, the spokesman added.

 
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