Hafiz Saeed, Mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks was arrested in Pakistan on Wednesday. He is the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief. He was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan’s Punjab Province, officials said.
Saeed, who has several cases pending against him, was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to appear before an anti-terrorism court when the arrest took place, officials said, adding that he had been moved to an unknown location, The Hindu reported.
The JuD is believed to be a frontal organization for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is responsible for the attacks that killed 166 people.
The arrest came a day after Pakistan opened its airspace and before Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden trip to the White House to help repair its relationship with the United States.
The Imran Khan government has been under pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to act against terror outfits and terrorists operating out of Pakistan, India Today reported.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the U.S., since 2012, has offered a $10 million reward for information that brings him to justice, The Hindu reported.