NEW DELHI: India on Saturday designated Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed’s son Hafiz Talha Saeed as a designated terrorist as a court in Pakistan sent the Mumbai attack mastermind to 33 years in prison.
In a notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the Central government believed that junior Saeed was involved in terrorism and designated him as a terrorist under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
Talha Saeed is a resident of Lahore and heads the cleric wing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. He is the 32nd person India has designated as a terrorist under the UAPA.
“Hafiz Talha Saeed has been actively visiting various LeT centres across Pakistan and during his sermons, propagating for jihad against India, Israel, United States of America and Indian interests in other western countries,” the MHA notification said.
In a separate development, an anti-terrorism court in Lahore on Saturday sentenced UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed to 33 years in jail for two separate terror financing cases.
The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 340,000 in Pakistani currency on Hafiz Saeed. His properties have been confiscated, the court order said.
Hafiz Saeed was arrested in July 2019 in terror financing cases. Responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai attack which claimed 166 lives, Hafiz Saeed runs two terror outfits called Lashkar-e-TaIba (LeT) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa.