Now dynastic terrorism also being seen as Hafiz Saeed’s son also declared as a terrorist
A day after 26/11 Mumbai terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed was convicted in Pakistan for 32 years, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday declared his son Hafiz Talha Saeed, a key leader of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as a terrorist. In a notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that Hafiz Talha Saeed, 46, has been actively involved in recruitment, fund collection, and planning and executing attacks by the Lashkar-e-Taiba in India and Indian interests in Afghanistan.
He has also been actively visiting various LeT centers across Pakistan, and during his sermons propagating for Jihad against India, Israel, the United States of America, and Indian interests in other western countries, Home Ministry said in a notification. “And whereas, the Central government believes that Hafiz Talha Saeed is involved in terrorism and he should be notified as a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967). Accordingly, he has been designated as an individual terrorist under the stringent Act. Hafiz Talha Saeed is now the 32nd individual who has been declared as a terrorist by the government,” said the MHA notification.
Hafiz Talha Saeed was born October 25, 1975, and a resident of Lahore in Pakistan. He is a senior leader of the LeT and is the head of the cleric wing of the LeT. Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the LeT, was the brain behind the Mumbai terror attacks of November 26, 2008, in which 166 people were killed. He had been declared a terrorist under the same law a few years ago and is currently serving a jail term of 32 years in Pakistan on terror charges.
India has been for 14 years seeking Hafiz Saeed’s custody, but Pakistan has refused to do so. Apart from the 26/11 attacks, the LeT has been responsible for a series of deadly attacks in India, mostly in Jammu and Kashmir, in which scores of civilians and security personnel have been killed over the years. Hafiz Saeed and the LeT ‘operational commander’ Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is among the most wanted terrorists in India for their involvement in numerous terrorist acts. Another mastermind David Headley is now imprisoned in the United States.
The LeT is listed as a terrorist organization under the First Schedule of the UAPA. The UAPA has been enacted to provide for more effective prevention of certain unlawful activities of associations and individuals and for dealing with terrorist activities and for matters connected therewith. Section 35 of the UAPA empowers the Central government to notify the name of an individual in the Fourth Schedule to the Act if it believes that he is involved in terrorism.
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