Fearing US sanctions, Pak places Hafiz Saeed, 4 others under house arrest

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Hafiz SaeedPakistan has placed Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed along with four others under house arrest, according to sources on January 31.

The four others have been identified as Abdullah Ubaid (Faisalabad), Zafar Iqbal (Muridkay, Markaz-e-Taiba), Abdur Rehman Abid (Muridkay, Markaz-e-Taiba) and Qazi Kashif Niaz (Multan, presently in Lahore).

The action has been taken by Pakistan after the new US administration’s warning that it may face sanctions if it does not act against terrorism (Saeed).

Claiming that the measures are being taken to please India, JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid said the Punjab police arrived at the JuD HQ to place Saeed under house arrest.

While this was so, Saeed, in a video message, said that he has asked JuD activists to raise the K-issue on February 5 i.e. observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan. He also blamed the “deep” friendship Trump wants to have with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

JuD is the frontal organisation of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba and the United Nations had declared Saeed a global terrorist. In this regard, the US even announced a prize money of $10 for his head.

Meanwhile, the US has warned Pakistan to ban JuD and to this end, hectic deliberations are going between military and civilian authorities whether to completely ban JuD or not.