hafiz saeed

  1. On February 21, citing security reasons, Pakistan has cancelled the licences of 44 weapons issued to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other members of his organisations such as the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falaha-e-Insanyat (FIF).
  2. Hafiz Saeed and 37 members of JuD and FIF have also been placed on the Exit Control List which bars them from leaving the country.
  3. Earlier, the government on January 30 had put Saeed and four other leaders of his organizations under house arrest in Lahore for a period of 90 days.
  4. He was placed under house arrest under the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) on January 30 in Lahore, which was obviously to be opposed from his terror group and its allies.
  5. The action against Hafiz Saeed was taken after Pakistan was hit by at least 8 terror attacks this month in which more than 100 people have died so far, injuring many others, and the latest being a suicide bombing on a Sufi shrine in Sindh province that claimed 88 lives.
  6. Haifz Saeed had previously been put under house arrest after the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 in which 166 people died, but he was freed by a court in 2009.
  7. Had Pakistani establishment understood the gravity of his terror activities earlier, many Pakistani lives could be saved and justice may have been delivered to the victims of the Mumbai attack.
  8. Now not only India considers Saeed as a terrorist, but also, Pakistan’s defence minister, Khwaja Asif, have said something similar yesterday that Saeed poses a serious threat to society and therefore has been arrested in the larger national interest.
  9. It is interesting to think how China would react to this development and if Chinese manage to get a true sense of the situation which India has been vocal about, it may get Chinese support at UN against Maulana Masood Azhar as well.
  10. Pakistan’s dare against Saeed is indeed late but yet praiseworthy. It is also evident that the government would face opposition from many radical terrorist groups on this move, but the real test before the Pakistani establishment is hold it’s position on the tough actions taken against Saeed and not sway away under pressure.
  11. Hope Pakistan is serious this time and actions against Hafiz Saeed are not mere a eyewash amid domestic security concerns and International pressure in the Trumpian Era!