India designates Hafiz Saeed’s son Talha Saeed as terrorist

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs has declared Hafiz Talha, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack and the son of outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) founder Hafiz Saeed, a terrorist under the terms of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

According to the government, Hafiz Talha Saeed is a prominent leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group and the head of the group’s cleric branch. He is “actively involved in recruitment, funding, planning, and implementation of Lashkar-e-Taiba in India and Afghanistan,” according to the notification.

It went on to say that Talha Saeed “has been preaching jihad against Indian interests in India, Israel, the United States, and other western countries during the course of his speeches at various Lashkar locations across Pakistan.”

The central government believes Hafiz Talha Saeed is involved in terrorism and should be branded a terrorist under the United States Anti-Terrorism Act (UAPA).

Talha’s father, Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, was sentenced to 31 years in prison by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court on the same day. According to many sources, the court also fined a UN designated terrorist and co-founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organisation Rs 3,40,000.

Saeed, who has a $10 million bounty on his head, was apprehended in July 2019 in connection with terror financing investigations.

He is the leader of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Lashkar-e-main Taiba’s organisation and the perpetrator of the Mumbai attack in November 2008. The attack killed 166 people, including six Americans.

Saeed has been recognised as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Treasury Department.

Since June 2018, Pakistan has been on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘Grey List’ for failing to investigate money laundering that leads to terror financing. Because of its refusal to comply with FATF regulations, the country remains on the list.

first published:April 9, 2022, 3:25 p.m.

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