A hard-line cleric accused of being a fund-raiser for the Mumbai terror attack group is to be arrested, Pakistan said today.
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed leads Jamaat-ud-Dawa which he claims is a charity that helps victims of natural disasters and the poor.
Pakistan banned the group after a UN resolution declared it was a front for the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India blames for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Police said today that two criminal cases had been filed against Saeed because he illegally held a public gathering and raised funds for Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Faisalabad in Punjab province last month.
“We will definitely arrest him,” a spokesman said, without giving a date.
A spokesman for Saeed said he had yet to be arrested and that he planned to consult lawyers.
Lashkar, which Saeed helped establish in the late 1980s, is accused of sending the teams of gunmen that rampaged through Mumbai last November in an attack on luxury hotels, a busy train station and other sites. The three-day siege left 166 people dead.
Pakistan arrested Saeed in December after India provided a dossier of evidence in a rare sharing of intelligence. But in June, a Pakistani court freed him from house arrest, saying there was not enough evidence to hold him.
India maintains he played a role in the attacks and has called on Pakistan to arrest him.
Lashkar is widely believed to have enjoyed the support of elements of Pakistan’s security agencies in the 1980s and 1990s because it was sending militants to fight Indian-rule in Kashmir, which Pakistan also claims.