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HAFIZ SAEED ARRESTED AGAIN





 

İlknur Şebnem Öztemel – TDO – Hafiz Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group and the main suspect of 2008 Mumbai attacks, was arrested.

India has been demanding action against him for a long time. Between 26-29 November 2008, 10 gunmen from Pakistan, infiltrated to the city by boat, attacked two luxury hotels, a Jewish Centre and a train station, killed 166 and wounded 308 people. Following the attack Saeed was put under house arrest but he was released about six months later in June 2009.

It is considered that Pakistani officials engaged in the operation as they fear the new American President, Donald Trump would take action against Pakistan too.  Also according to senior Pakistani officials, China may also have played a role as Beijing were quietly lobbying Pakistan to get Saeed and other Islamist leaders to detention. Trump suspended the entry of immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to U.S. because they are ‘’terrorist exporter’’ states.

Following the event, his supporters started street demonstrations in the city of Lahore where his home is located. About 500 people walked while chanting slogans as "Release Hafiz Saeed! ... Anyone who is a friend of the U.S. is a traitor!"