Pakistan’s arrest of Mumbai’s terrorist attack, Trump’s pressure

Pakistani authorities today arrested Hafiz Saeed, who was accused of being the mastermind of the four-day Mumbai attack in 2008, on charges of financing terrorism. US President Trump called this the result of Washington’s pressure on Pakistan’s fight against militants.

Trump will host the first visit to the White House’s Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan next week. He is happy to see Sayed arrested today. He said: “After 10 years of search, the Mumbai terrorist attack “mastermind” finally Pakistan is arrested. We have put a lot of pressure on Pakistan over the past two years and asked to arrest him!”

The United States and the United Nations said that Said is a global terrorist, and the United States has also offered a reward of 10 million US dollars (about NT$31.15 million). In fact, Sayed has never disappeared. He has repeatedly entered and exited Pakistani prisons for many years. He was sometimes placed under house arrest and sometimes was briefly arrested. The authorities then released him.

An informed security official said that he was recently arrested by anti-terrorist forces in eastern Pakistan. The official who asked for anonymity said: “When Sayed was arrested, he was going to Gujranwal to apply for bail in another case.”

Sayed spends most of his time outside the prison and can move around Pakistan as he pleases. This situation angered India, Sayed was charged with the 2008 Mumbai attack, causing more than 160 deaths, and the New Delhi authorities repeatedly demanded that he be prosecuted.

Indian government officials say it is not enough to arrest Sayed, but to try and convict him. He said: “We want to see the real action, not the measures that can be withdrawn. One court ordered him to be arrested and the other to release him.”

He said that New Delhi’s view is that Pakistan has taken such actions before Imran Khan’s visit to the United States. He said: “We have seen this kind of thing before. After the visit, everything is back to the original.”

Before the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the authorities of Washington and New Delhi had urged Pakistan to take action against the LeT. The CCP was banned in Pakistan in 2002 and later renamed the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation.

Reuters reported that the CCP was called a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department, with the goal of driving India out of the disputed Kashmir region and establishing Islamic countries across Kashmir, Pakistan and India.

Pakistan has also been blacklisted for its Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering because it has not tried its best to combat the financing of terrorist operations.

Credit : https://www.cna.com.tw/news/aopl/201907180054.aspx

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