Lahore, Jan 31: In a video released after he was put under house arrest, terrorist and Lashkar-e-Taiba boss Hafiz Saeed has blamed the decision on the friendship between American President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a video release, Saeed is heard blaming the friendship between the US president and the Indian prime minister.
"Trump is putting pressure on Pakistan to arrest me since he wants to become friends with Modi," Saeed said. He was placed under house arrest at the Masjid-e-Qudsia Chauburji in Lahore on Monday.
Indian officials who are closely monitoring the situation say that this is more of protective custody than house arrest. "He is a top asset for Pakistan and can shake up the system if he wishes," an officer from the Research and Analysis Wing said. Pakistan is clearly under pressure to act against Saeed. "They are yet to try him for the Mumbai 26/11 attack," the officer noted while adding that the house arrest is just an eye wash.
Meanwhile in Pakistan, police officials visited the offices of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the financial wing of the LeT and ordered that the Pakistan flag be hoisted. All the outfit's flags were taken down and the national flag was hoisted.