Hafiz Saeed placed under Anti-Terrorism Act by Pakistan
In a surprise move Pakistan on Saturday listed Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and four of his aides under the Anti-Terrorism Act. This would impose further restrictions on his movements. Saeed is currently under house arrest.
According to Section 11EE of the act, persons who are involved in terrorism, members of an organisation that is banned or on the interior ministry's watch list or suspected to be involved with a group involved in terrorism can be included in the Fourth Schedule.
Saeed is the chief of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and its financial wing Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The JuD is banned by the US and the US. A senior police officer told the Dawn newspaper that the Counter-Terrorism Department added their names to the Fourth Schedule on the orders of the federal interior ministry.
The Fourth Schedule imposes a wide range of restrictions on the movements and activities of a listed person. Such a person is not allowed to visit schools, colleges and other educational institutions, parks, hotels and public places, airports, railway stations, TV and radio stations or attend public rallies and meetings.
Indian officials have wrelcomed the move. However officials say that action would be considered real if Saeed is brought to justice in the Mumbai 26/11 attack case. Some officials also say that this entire exerymay be an eye-wash. Similar action has been taken against Saeed in the oast as well. This was however to protect him from action from the United States of America.