LAHORE: Authorities in Punjab have arrested Abdul Rehman Makki, a senior chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the brother-in-law of the outlawed group’s chief, Hafiz Saeed.
Based on The News Observers, Makki was arrested beneath the Upkeep of Public Order Act and has been shifted to a jail in Lahore.
The JuD chief’s arrest got here days after he delivered a speech in Gujranwala criticising the federal government’s ongoing crackdown in opposition to banned outfits in Pakistan.
He had additionally beforehand spoken in opposition to the operation and was additionally encouraging folks to donate to JuD’s banned charity wing, Falah-i-Insaniat Basis (FiF).
Makki is the pinnacle of JuD’s political and overseas relations departments and is extensively seen because the proscribed outfit’s second-in-command. He was designated by the US in 2010 and consequently focused by the US Treasury Division.
In 2012, the US state division’s Rewards for Justice programme additionally introduced a $2 million reward for Makki.
His arrest is a continuation of Pakistan’s actions in opposition to outlawed teams this yr. In February, the Nationwide Safety Committee reimposed a ban on JuD and FiF.
A few weeks later in March, the federal government introduced the freezing of accounts and seizure of belongings linked to organisations banned by the UN Safety Council (UNSC).
Inside weeks, the federal government stated it had taken management of 182 seminaries and detained greater than 100 folks as a part of its push in opposition to proscribed teams.
Properties owned by JuD and FiF had been sealed or taken over throughout Pakistan, together with Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
New prayer leaders and academics had been appointed by the Auqaf division to switch those on the mosques and seminaries run by the 2 banned outfits.
The Punjab authorities took over management of the JuD and the FIF headquarters in Lahore. It additionally took administrative management of a madrasa and an adjoining mosque in Bahawalpur believed to be the headquarters of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
The Sindh authorities introduced that it had taken over management of 56 amenities being run by JuD and the FIF. Moreover, 44 under-observation members of banned outfits, together with Mufti Abdul Raoof and Hamad Azhar — the brother and son of JeM chief Masood Azhar respectively — had been positioned in “preventive detention” for investigation.
Most not too long ago, on Might 11, the inside ministry banned 11 organisations beneath the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) for his or her alleged affiliation with proscribed outfits JuD, FiF, and JeM.
A notification issued by the ministry recognized the banned organisations as Al Anfal Belief (Lahore), Idara-e-Khidmat Khalaq (Lahore), Al Dawatul Irshad (Lahore), Al Hamd Belief (Lahore and Faisalabad), Al-Fazal Basis/Belief (Lahore), Mosque and Welfare Belief (Lahore), Al Madinah Basis (Lahore), Muaz bin Jabal Schooling Belief (Lahore), Al Eesar Basis (Lahore), Al Rehmat Belief Organisation (Bahawalpur) and Al Furqan Belief (Karachi).