LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A courtroom in Pakistan on Wednesday remanded to custody Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding a four-day assault on India’s monetary capital in 2008, after a listening to following his arrest final week on terrorism financing fees, his lawyer stated.
Saeed’s arrest got here simply forward of a go to to Washington by Prime Minister Imran Khan and was broadly seen as a transfer by the Islamabad authorities to smoothe the best way earlier than a gathering with U.S. President Donald Trump.
America has supplied a reward of $10 million for info resulting in the conviction of Saeed, who has been arrested and launched a number of instances over the previous decade.
On Wednesday, an anti-terrorism courtroom in Gujranwala, close to the jap metropolis of Lahore, remanded Saeed to custody for 14 days whereas counter-terrorism officers full investigations, the lawyer, Imran Fazal, stated.
U.S. officers have lengthy pressured Pakistan to attempt Saeed, who’s designated a terrorist by the USA and the United Nations.
He’s the founding father of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), or the Military of the Pure, a militant group blamed by the USA and India for the assaults that killed greater than 160 folks.
He has denied any involvement and stated his community, which spans 300 seminaries and colleges, hospitals, a publishing home and ambulance providers, has no ties to militant teams.
Reporting by Mubasher Bukhari; Modifying by Clarence Fernandez