Hafiz Saeed for spreading terrorism in name of jihad:Detained by Police.

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Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and his four aides have been detained for “spreading terrorism in the name of jihad”, Pakistan’s interior ministry  told a judicial review board.

Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and his four aides have been detained for “spreading terrorism in the name of jihad”, Pakistan’s interior ministry  told a judicial review board.

Saeed and his aides said in their petition that the government detained them without any legal justification. They said the UN resolution followed by the government did not seek detention of any citizen.

“The detention of the JuD leaders is a simple case of mala fide intention and ulterior motive on part of the government as it has been done so to please India and the United States,” the petition said.

“The allegations levelled by the government against me had never been proved by any state institution. My organisation and I have been victimised for raising voice for freedom of Kashmir and criticising the government’s weak policy on the Kashmir issue,” Saeed said.

However, the interior ministry rejected his arguments and told the three-member board that Saeed and his four aides have been detained for “spreading terrorism in the name of jihad”.

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The board comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan of the Supreme Court (head), Justice Ayesha A Malik of Lahore High Court and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail of Balochistan High Court directed the ministry to submit a complete record regarding detention of Saeed and his aides – Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid, Abdullah Ubaid and Qazi Kashif Niaz on next hearing on 15 May.

The board also sought personal appearance of the attorney general of Pakistan on next hearing.

Police produced Saeed and his four aides before the board at Lahore registry of the apex court amid high security. A large number of Saeed’s supporters gathered outside the court.

Saeed’s counsel advocate A K Dogar was also present but the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chose to plead his case before the court.

Last Thursday Lahore High Court division bench had questioned as why Saeed and others were not presented before a review board before the government issued notification for extension to his detention for another 90 days.

On April 30, detention of Saeed and his four aides was extended by the Punjab government for another 90 days under preventative detention under 11 EEE (I) and 11D of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba  is one of the largest and most active terrorist organisation in South Asia,operating mainly from Pakistan.It was founded in 1987 by Hafiz Saeed,Abdullah Azzamand Zafar Iqbal in Afghanistan,with funding from Osama Bin Laden.Its headquarters are based in Muridke,near Lahore in Punjab province of Pakistan, and the group operates several training camps in Pakistan administered Kashmir.

Jamat-ud Dawah is said to be the front for the banned Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT).

The organisation is banned as a terrorist organisation by India,the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union,Russia, and Australia.

The Punjab government on January 30 had put these five under house arrest in Lahore for their involvement in activities which can be prejudicial to peace and security.

The government has also placed JuD under second schedule of the anti-terrorism act.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed  is a co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba  and the chief of Jamat-ud Dawah which operates mainly from Pakistan and has had sanctions placed against it as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations.He is an internationally designated terrorist even though he is influential in Pakistan among certain religious groups.

In April 2012, the United States announced a bounty of $10 million on Saeed, for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks  in which 164 civilians were killed including 6 American citizens, but there have been protests in Pakistan against the US bounty.

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India considers him as one of its most wanted terrorists because of his alleged ties with Lashkar-e- Taiba and his alleged involvement in attacks in India such as the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, 2006 Mumbai train bombings and 2001 Indian Parliament attack.

Therefore Saeed is listed on the NIA Most Wanted list and India has banned his organisation as a terrorist organisation.

The Nawaz Sharif government had reportedly taken action against Saeed after the US clearly told Islamabad that it may face sanctions otherwise.

Saeed and his aides said in their petition that the government detained them without any legal justification. They said the UN resolution followed by the government did not seek detention of any citizen.

“The detention of the JuD leaders is a simple case of mala fide intention and ulterior motive on part of the government as it has been done so to please India and the United States,” the petition said.