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Pakistan declares Hafiz Saeed a terrorist

After multiple suicide bombings this week and rising pressure from the Trump administration, Pakistan has woken up to the need to restrain terrorists. In a welcome move, Pakistan has tagged Hafiz Saeed as a terrorist and put his name in the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). This move by Pakistani government will put major restrictions on the movement of Hafiz Saeed. He has been put in the fourth schedule of ATA, which means that he will be kept under observation and will have to report to the local police on a regular basis. The order to name Hafiz Saeed under ATA was issued by the federal interior ministry and executed by the Counter Terrorism Department. The order directs officials to take necessary action against Hafiz Saeed.

It may be recalled that Hafiz Saeed was the mastermind of Mumbai attacks and the Indian government has been constantly trying to get him tagged as a terrorist. The United States has already told Pakistan that if the country does not take prompt action against Saeed and his terror organization Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), it will have to deal with sanctions. Earlier, in 2012, the US government had announced a reward of $10 million on Saeed for his role in Mumbai terror attack, which had killed many people including six American citizens.

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