Hafiz Saeed, the militant leader accused of orchestrating the Mumbai attacks of 2008, was placed under house arrest on Monday in Lahore, Pakistan.
Hafiz Saeed had been living in the open even with a $10 million American bounty on his head in Lahore. But on Monday, Pakistani officials placed him under house arrest and referred to his house as a sub-jail. The move against Hafiz Saeed came amid a new round of pressure by the United States to arrest him. He is the founder of the banned militant group Lashkar e Taiba. On Monday, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Pakistan’s interior minister, announced action against Jamaat ud Dawa and stated that a decision would be announced on Tuesday. Reportedly, the new round of pressure by the States also called for banning Jamaat ud Dawa.
Hafiz Saeed has been placed under a house arrest at least twice after the Mumbai attacks of 2008. India claims that he was the man to have masterminded the attack that killed at least 166 people. Pakistani antiterrorism courts are currently trying six suspects in the case – Mazhar Iqbal, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Abdul Wajid, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed, and Younus Anjum. Zaki ur Rehman, considered the operational head of Lashkar e Taiba, is out on bail.
Just this month, Hafiz Saeed asked the Islamabad High court to remove his name from the terrorist watch list all the while maintaining that he had no links to Lashkar e Taiba. Jamaat ud Dawa however, has reportedly expanded across the country providing aid to those hit by natural disasters and indulging itself in other humanitarian causes.
Action against Hafiz Saeed does not come without massive risk as he has a plethora of supporters and sympathizers all over. Pakistani officials are wary of a potentially violent backlash if a move against Hafiz Saeed was to be made.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.