Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and four others were placed under house arrest by the Punjab Home Department, Pakistan on 30 Jan (Monday). Saeed has been put under arrest at Jamia Qadsia, headquarter of the organisation, while Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid & Qazi Kashif Niaz have also been put under house arrest. The action followed the statement of Pak Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in which he stated the activities of Jamaat-ud-Dawa have been observed since 2011 and further actions too will soon follow.
In a video released by Hafiz, he appears crying foul, blaming the decision as a Trump-Modi friendship effect. “Trump is putting pressure on Pakistan to arrest me since he wants to become friends with Modi,” Saeed said. He addressed his message to the Kashmiri people, the members of the JuD and others who follow him. He stated that his’ and Pak’s problem is not with America but with India and the Kashmir issue.
Indian hawk-eyed officials say that this is more of a protective custody than house arrest. “He is a top asset for Pakistan and can shake up the system if he wishes,” an officer from the Research and Analysis Wing said. Although, this seems to be a big development to tackle Pak-terror breed but Hafiz Saeed is a strong proponent of Islam and his level of influence is paramount. Now that, Trump has placed travel bans on 7 muslim countries, Pakistan could join the league as it is believed.
Hence, to remain in good books of the US, this house arrest can be a masquerade into letting the US believe that Pakistan is committed to fight terror. Eyes will be watching the Pak Govt. on the followups against the JuD chief.
Meanwhile in Pakistan, police officials visited the offices of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the financial wing of the LeT and ordered that the Pakistan flag be hoisted. All the outfit’s flags were taken down and the national flag was hoisted.