The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police on Wednesday registered 23 FIRs against 13 leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) including Saeed on the charges of terror financing in different cities of Punjab province.
“The CTD has booked the (13) leaders of JuD and other proscribed organisations on the charges of terror financing. As the FIRs have been registered the suspects will be arrested shortly,” Punjab police spokesperson Niyab Haider Naqvi told PTI.
When questioned why the CTD has not yet made the arrests despite their nomination in the FIRs, Naqvi said: “First, the FIR is registered against a suspect and then he is arrested. Saeed and others nominated in the FIRs will also be arrested subsequently.”
“Saeed is present at his residence in Lahore’s Johar town and the police are waiting for a green signal from the government to arrest him,” a source in the Imran Khan government said as he mentioned how the Punjab police are waiting for a go-ahead from the “top” to nab Saeed.
The source later added that Saeed may be arrested this week as the Pakistan government is keen to fulfill its obligations on terror financing under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
“These suspects made assets from funds of terrorism financing. They held and used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti Terrorism Courts) for commission of these offences,” the CTD said.
Saeed-led JuD is believed to be a front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.