Pakistan has put under house arrest Jamat-ud-Dawa and Lashkar e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed along with and four others.
The sudden action was taken by the provincial home department of Punjab.
The Mumbai terror attack mastermind has been housed in Jamia Qadsia, the headquarters of his banned terrorist organisation.
Pakistan’s Interior Ministry claimed that Pakistan had to take action against Saeed because his organisation is banned by the United Nations.
The claim is laughable and far from the truth because UN had banned JuD in 2008, right after the Mumbai terror attacks, but Pakistan did not take any action either against the organisation or Saeed.
So why did Pakistan suddenly put the man it protects under house arrest?
The big reason is US President Donald Trump and Modi Government’s continuous pressure on Pakistan on the international stage.
In fact, in a video released right after his house arrest Hafiz Saeed admits that Modi and Trump administrations had a role in his house arrest just a few days before he was to hold a rally on Kashmir issue.
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On one hand is India which has consistently been exposing Pakistani-sponsored terrorism in the UN, the US and other international stages. On the other hand is US President Donald Trump, who has just banned for a brief period migrants from seven Islamic countries.
Pakistan is afraid that if it continues to nurture, arm and shield Islamic radicals and terrorists, Trump might do something that will hurt the Islamic republic real bad.
Using the Kashmir issue as an excuse, Saeed openly admits that he is an enemy of India and is safe under Pakistani government’s protection. He says that it is Modi government’s pressure, India’s warm ties with US and Trump’s own support to India that has forced Pakistani establishment to place him under house arrest.
What is to be seen is whether Pakistan actually punishes him. Saeed has been previously put under house arrest twice.
A few days ago, Saeed had hosted a dinner for leaders of the World Muslim League, a Mecca-based NGO that promotes Wahhabism – the strictest Islamic school of thought which is blamed for the spread of radicalism across the world.