Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was arrested on Wednesday on terror financing charges by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Province in Pakistan, just days after Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden visit to the United States.
"The JuD chief was going to Gujranwala from Lahore on Wednesday morning when a CTD team intercepted him near Gujranwala city (around 80 km from Lahore) and arrested him on terror financing charges," the official said. Saeed is an UN-designated terrorist on whom the US has placed a $10 million bounty.
The CTD said, in a statement that Saeed was arrested in a case registered in Gujranwala and he will face the trial in ATC, Gujranwala.
It said that funds collected by Hafiz Saeed and his accomplices through trusts were used to finance the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out terror strikes including the 2008 Mumbai attack in India. In Mumbai terror attack more than 165 people died when 10 Pakistani gunmen opened fire at multiple locations in the city.