Mumbai: The government has declared Hafiz Talha Saeed, the son of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, as a “designated terrorist” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
In the notification, the Home Ministry has said Hafiz Talha Saeed, 46, has been actively involved in recruitment, fund collection, and planning and executing attacks by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in India and Indian interests in Afghanistan.
Hafiz Talha now joins the long list of designated terrorists. The list also includes his father as entrant number 32. Hafiz is head of the terror group’s cleric wing.
He has been actively visiting various LeT Centers across Pakistan, and during his address, he propagates jihad against India, Israel, the United States of America, and Indian interests in other western countries, it stated.
“And whereas, the central government believes that Hafiz Talha Saeed is involved in terrorism and he should be notified as a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967),” the notification said.
The designation comes a day after Hafiz Talha’s father Hafiz Saeed was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment after being convicted in two cases of terror financing, filed by Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department. He, however, has continued to evade punishment for involvement in the 26/11 terror strikes.
India has been proactively cracking down on the LeT and its associates within the country.
Among those who have been listed as designated terrorists by India include Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Chhota Shakeel and Tiger Memon.
Hafiz Saeed was the mastermind behind the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, in which 166 people were killed.
A few years ago under the same law, he was declared a terrorist. He is currently behind the bars in Pakistan Jail on terror charges. India is seeking his custody but Pakistan has refused to do so.
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