Hafiz Saeed, the Mumbai attacks mastermind, was arrested on terror finance charges and sent to jail in Lahore on Wednesday. He was sent to judicial custody and will face trial, said reports quoting a spokesperson for the chief minister of Punjab province.
Hafiz Saeed was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to appear before an anti-terrorism court when he was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab. He has been sent to the high-security Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, officials said.
“The main charge is that he is gathering funds for banned outfits, which is illegal,” said the Punjab province spokesman.
The move comes days before Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Washington, where he will hold talks with President Donald Trump. The US has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to Hafiz Saeed’s conviction over the 26/11 attacks.