Pakistani authorities have detained Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, along with 4 of his associates on charges that they were spreading terror in the name of Jihad. The charges were leveled against Saeed by Pakistan’s home ministry and the group was produced before a three-member judicial review board. The review panel comprises senior judges and is headed by Pakistan Supreme Court judge Ejaz Afzal Khan. When questioned by the review board, Saeed said that he was detained since the Pakistani government was trying to stop him from raising his voice in support of Kashmiris. However, the argument was rejected by Pakistan’s home ministry, saying that Saeed and his associates were spreading terror in the name of Jihad.
Saeed also claimed that he and his associates were detained just to please the United States, India and other international organizations. After hearing the arguments from both sides, the review board has asked the Pakistan home ministry to submit a full report about the detention of Hafiz Saeed and his associates Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid, Abdullah Ubaid and Qazi Kashif Niaz. The next hearing in the case is scheduled to be held on May 15.