Police surround JuD offices, place Pak national flag and remove JuD banners from streets
Islamabad: Hafiz Saeed, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), was on Tuesday put under house arrest and a heavy contingent of police deployed around the JuD headquarters and offices in Muridke and Lahore.
“A large police team arrived (at JuD headquarters) and told us that Hafiz would be placed under house arrest,” said the secretary of information for JuD, Nadeem Awan, to Pakistan daily Dawn. Awan said the police told them they had an arrest warrant for Saeed and five others at JuD headquarters.
Hafiz Saeed was reportedly present at the Qudsia Mosque located in Chauburji area of Lahore. Contingents of police and other law-enforcing agencies reached the area and surrounded the premises, sources told Dawn.
Police sources further informed that Saeed will be shifted to his residence in the Johar Town area of the provincial capital, which will then be declared as a sub-jail.
Saeed has been detained under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1977, a notification issued by the interior ministry said.
Pakistan national flags were hoisted at the JuD offices in Lahore, instead of party flags, on the directives of the provincial home department, the interior ministry said. The provincial authorities have also started to remove the banners of JuD from the roads of Lahore.
Saeed had been accused by the United States and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people. He, however, has repeatedly denied involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Awan said the Pakistani government had been under pressure from the United States to take action against Saeed or face sanctions. “This government has buckled under the pressure,” he said.
In 2012, the United States announced a bounty of $10 million on Hafiz Saeed for his alleged role in the attack in which six American citizens were also killed.