Pakistani authorities in Punjab province on Monday night extended the detention of Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed for another two months. Punjab government issued a notification just before midnight to extend his house arrest.
He was house arrested on January 30 this year for three months. JuD had also been put on terrorist watch list. JuD’s charity arm Falah-i-Insaaniyat was also put on the terror watch-list. Hafiz Saeed is wanted by India on his alleged involvement in Mumbai attacks case. He has also been declared as terrorist by US and the UN.
Hafiz Saeed and his aides have challenged their detention in Lahore High Court, but the case is still pending.
Crackdown on Hafiz Saeed and aides came on last date on January this year after media reports in Pakistani newspapers claimed that US has categorically threatened sanctions if Pakistan did not ban JuD. But Pakistani authorities denied any such warning by the US authorities.
Meanwhile JuD has already changed its name replacing it with Tehrik-i-Azadi-i Kashmir.. UN and US has already declared JuD as terrorist organization but Pakistan was yet to ban it as JuD had gotten a reprieve from Lahore High Court.