By M Zulqernain LAHORE:
MUMBAI attacks mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and 12 of his close aides will be arrested ‘very soon’, police said on Thursday, a day after Pakistani authorities booked them for committing multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police on Wednesday registered 23 FIRs against 13 leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) including Saeed on the charges of terror financing in different cities of Punjab province. “The CTD has booked the (13) leaders of JuD and other proscribed organisations on the charges of terror financing. As the FIRs have been registered the suspects will be arrested shortly,” Punjab police spokesperson Niyab Haider Naqvi told PTI.
When asked as why the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD)has not yet arrested Saeed and others despite their nomination in the FIRs, Naqvi said: “In first, the FIR is registered against a suspect and then he is arrested. Saeed and others nominated in the FIRs will also be arrested subsequently.” Previously, he said police arrested several members of the banned organisations on terror financing and subsequently they were handed down imprisonment by the anti-terrorism courts. “So these suspects will also be arrested very soon,” Naqvi said.
India calls it Pak’s cosmetic steps
PAKISTAN is trying to hoodwink the international community with its ‘cosmetic’ steps against terror groups, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday. The MEA’s response came after Pakistan claimed that it had ‘booked’ Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed and 12 of his close associates for ‘terrorism financing’ in 23 cases, amidst growing global pressure on Islamabad to act against militant groups launching deadly attacks in India.
“Pakistan is trying to hoodwink the international community on taking action against terror groups”. “Let us not get fooled by cosmetic steps against terror groups by Pakistan,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters here.