Pakistan's Interior Ministry today banned 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah and its subsidiary Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation under Anti Terrorism Act 1997. The move came amid mounting international pressure on Pakistan to act against terror outfits brewing in its soil.
Hafiz Saeed's Jama'at-ud-Da'wah and its subsidiary Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation banned under Anti Terrorism Act 1997 by Pakistan's Interior Ministry. pic.twitter.com/GhzSTgOWM1— ANI (@ANI) March 5, 2019
The ban comes hours after Pakistan ordered detention of 44 members of banned militant outfits. Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's son Hamad Azhar and brother Mufti Adbul Raoof are among the detained.
"It was decided (at a meeting) to speed up action against all proscribed groups. In compliance, 44 under observation members of proscribed organisations, including Mufti Adbul Raoof and Hamad Azhar, have been taken in preventive detention for investigation," the interior ministry said in a statement.
Later at a press conference, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi confirmed that 44 people have been taken into custody as part of crackdown on militant groups.
However, the Indian officials said that the detention could be an eyewash and rouse to provide security to the terrorists.