Suspected Mumbai attacks mastermind’s house arrest to continue for at least one more month
Pakistan on Thursday extended the detention of the chief suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks for a month, government officials said.
Firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed, who heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa group and has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head, has been under house arrest since January following a government crackdown on the outfit. “Hafiz Saeed’s detention has been extended for a period of one-month,” a senior government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
He said the detention was extended by a three-member review board of the Lahore High Court headed by Judge Yawar Ali.
Dawa, listed as a terror outfit by the United Nations, is considered by the U.S. and India to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for the attack on India’s financial capital, which killed more than 160 people.
India has long seethed at Pakistan’s failure either to hand over or prosecute those accused of planning the Mumbai attacks, while Pakistan has alleged that India failed to give it crucial evidence.
New Delhi is skeptical that any action will be taken against Saeed despite his arrest, and has long said there is evidence that “official agencies” in Pakistan were involved in plotting the Mumbai attack. Islamabad denies the charges.
Despite the bounty against him Saeed led a high-profile public life in Pakistan until his arrest, regularly delivering fiery anti-India speeches.