31 January 2017 Current Affairs: Hafiz Saeed, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba has been placed under house arrest along with four others by Pakistani authorities.
The order of detention was issued by Punjab Province’s Interior Ministry under Anti-Terrorism Act in accordance with a directive issued by Pakistan’s Interior Ministry on 27 January 2017.
In the directive, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry had stated that the government had reasons to believe that JuD is engaged in activities that could pose a threat to peace and security and violate Pakistan’s obligations towards the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution No 1267.
The directive further ordered the Punjab government to put JuD under Watch List. A similar order was also issued for Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) for a period of 6 months, which may be extended later.
Highlights : The order called for preventive detention of Saeed, mastermind behind 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and four others including Zafar Iqbal, Abdullah Ubaid, Qazi Kashif Niaz and Abdur Rehman Abid.
Saeed was arrested from Masjid-e-Qudsia Chauburji, the JuD headquarters in Lahore.
He will be shifted to his residence in Jauhar Town, where he will be put under house arrest. His residence has been declared as a sub-jail.
All party flags at the JuD offices were replaced with National flags on the directive of the provincial home department.
The provincial authorities have also started removing JuD banners from the roads of Lahore.
Hafiz Saeed : Hafiz Saeed is an internationally designated terrorist and his organisation JuD has been declared as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations and the United States of America.
Saeed is one of the most wanted terrorists in India due to his involvement in three major terror attacks in India- 2008 Mumbai attacks, 2006 Mumbai train bombings and 2001 Indian Parliament attack. In April 2012, a $10 million bounty was placed on him by the United States of America for his alleged connection with the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which lead to the killing of around 200 civilians.
According to reports, the current crackdown is a result of immense pressure from the administration of the newly-elected President of the United States, Donald Trump.