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Govt issues order to place JuD chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest

Updated Jan 31, 2017 02:30pm

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The provincial authorities on Monday issued orders to place Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest, DawnNews reported and JuD spokesperson later confirmed.

The government launched a crackdown against JuD and a heavy contingent of police was deployed around the JuD headquarter and offices in Muridke and Lahore.

“A large police team arrived (at JuD headquarters) and told us that Hafiz would be placed under house arrest,” said the secretary of information for JuD, Nadeem Awan.

Awan said the police told them they had an arrest warrant for Saeed and five others at JuD headquarters.

Hafiz Saeed was reportedly present at the Qudsia Mosque located in Chauburji area of Lahore. Contingents of police and other law-enforcing agencies reached the area and surrounded the premises, sources said.

Police sources further informed that Saeed will be shifted to his residence in the Johar Town area of the provincial capital, which will then be declared as a sub-jail.

Saeed has been detained under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1977, a notification issued by the interior ministry said.

Meanwhile, the district intelligence committee has suggested the government put the JuD chief’s name in fourth schedule.

Moreover, national flags have been hoisted at the JuD offices in Lahore, instead of party flags, on the directives of the provincial home department, it added.

The provincial authorities have also started to remove the banners of JuD from the roads of Lahore.

The move comes after years of pressure on Pakistan to put Saeed on trial and could ease recently escalating tensions with neighbour and arch-foe India.

Also read: Why aren't we taking action against Hafiz Saeed, PML-N lawmaker asks

Saeed had been accused by the United States and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people.

He, however, has repeatedly denied involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Awan said the Pakistani government had been under pressure from the United States to take action against Saeed or face sanctions. “This government has buckled under the pressure.”

In 2012, the United States announced a bounty of $10 million on Hafiz Saeed for his alleged role in the attack in which six American citizens were also killed.

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Fatma Jan 30, 2017 10:21pm

Finally good sense prevailed.

Wills Jan 30, 2017 10:22pm

This is nice move by government .. but not sure what is the reason behind this arrest .

Ruby Jan 30, 2017 10:23pm

Very good step

malik k Jan 30, 2017 10:23pm

Trump effect ...

Manoj MUMBAIKAR Jan 30, 2017 10:26pm

Drama once again.

Freund Jan 30, 2017 10:27pm

Trump effect?

Kris Jan 30, 2017 10:22pm

Interesting development

Raaz Jan 30, 2017 10:27pm

Another Drama to mislead the world

Abhishek Jan 30, 2017 10:25pm

Melodrama to escape US ban!

Chetan Naik Jan 30, 2017 10:27pm

Hmm, whats cooking ?

Sheraz Ali Jan 30, 2017 10:28pm

More need to be done.. Hafiz Saeed is no way an innocent person.

Sanjay kumar das Jan 30, 2017 10:32pm

Finally, good sense is prevailing!

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Jan 30, 2017 10:30pm

Trump pressure working...

HAZ Jan 30, 2017 10:29pm

TRUMP Effect !

FreeMind Jan 30, 2017 10:29pm

Action Replay..A drama put up for few more dollars from the American's.

yourstruly Jan 30, 2017 10:31pm

Why only "house arrest"? And why now? Done under US pressure, or done to appease the US

Salman zaidi Jan 30, 2017 10:29pm

It would be good if we get rid of such guys or trump may ban us too !

Sridhar Kondoji Jan 30, 2017 10:36pm

Trump pressure!!!!!

neutral Jan 30, 2017 10:37pm

Mere eye wash!!!!

Super Cop Jan 30, 2017 10:37pm

You guys are finally doing it .Why don't do it at the start to start the dialogue?

Fire Fighter Jan 30, 2017 10:34pm

There is a new sheriff in town and countries can see the effect. I am glad that USA is taking steps in right direction.

Sat Jan 30, 2017 10:32pm

Trump effect!

Raj Jan 30, 2017 10:34pm

Time to clean up the mess

Test Crikey Jan 30, 2017 10:38pm

Why now? I am listening since years that they are good guys and have been doing very noble cause. So why after Trump dictate, all those changed? Think and put something logical as reply. Please don't come up with over the lie and brainless comments.

VM Jan 30, 2017 10:34pm

Is it a Trump effect ?

Siddhartha Jan 30, 2017 10:35pm

few persons want to safeguard theirs USA visa.

samir Jan 30, 2017 10:34pm

is this to please Trump?

FreeMind Jan 30, 2017 10:35pm

DejaVu!

HK Jan 30, 2017 10:38pm

Is this the Trump effect?

Bob Jan 30, 2017 10:38pm

At last Pakistan is listening to the world.

Chetan Jan 30, 2017 10:42pm

Thank you Pakistan :) A brother from India

Chandoo Jan 30, 2017 10:39pm

What a great news. I wish it's a genuine effort to hold the beast accountable for his crimes against humanity.

sadia Jan 30, 2017 10:39pm

thank you trump

Ali Jan 30, 2017 10:39pm

well done

Patton Jan 30, 2017 10:39pm

Trump effects

Princess_of_DHUMP Jan 30, 2017 10:43pm

If he is guilty - prosecute him. Enough of this house arrest dramas

Trumped Jan 30, 2017 10:40pm

Trumped

Asit Ghosh, Mumbai Jan 30, 2017 10:38pm

Well,the ball has started to roll.

Ali Ahmed Jan 30, 2017 10:45pm

Trump effect!!

Amir Jan 30, 2017 10:46pm

all this action is Trumped up

Awaz... Jan 30, 2017 10:50pm

Credit goes to Mr. Trump... Thank You Sir!!!

Chandoo Jan 30, 2017 10:47pm

If it's the Trump effect, I love u Donald Trump.

Pragmatic Jan 30, 2017 10:51pm

This is highly optimistic step taken by the govt. Pak Army must also be supporting under new leadership. This step must be fully supported because in the emerging new world order, people like hafiz saeed have no space to be allowed to even move freely.

Shahryar Shirazi Jan 30, 2017 10:46pm

Good! keep him locked.

UD Jan 30, 2017 10:49pm

Is it Trump effect?

Peace Jan 30, 2017 10:53pm

House arrest is not enough. He should be put on trial not for the sake of it but to convict him meaning no show off but serious trial.

Vikas Jan 30, 2017 10:48pm

Scared? The Ban works!

Lady gaga Jan 30, 2017 10:56pm

It was Long overdue. Should have happened a long time ago. Today's world has no place for such elements.

Ayaz Ahmad Guru Jan 30, 2017 10:56pm

@Will Trump effects.

vivek Jan 30, 2017 10:53pm

nice step by pakistan government.

Ali Ahmed Jan 30, 2017 10:51pm

@Chetan thank trump

Khan USA Jan 30, 2017 10:58pm

If he is innocent then why all this ?

Your Name Jan 30, 2017 11:01pm

drama of pakistan government!!

Ahsan Gul Jan 30, 2017 11:07pm

This is one person and a small number of his followers. If government has trouble to handle one person then how it can protect our country? That tells us that this type of people are protected and supported by our government. It is clear and one doesn't have to be intelligent to figure it out that politicians support these religious elements. Now, why house arrest him and not prosecute him for the crimes and allegations? There are questions that PML-N has to answer.

wanghai Jan 30, 2017 11:04pm

Better late than never. Hope government will keep going on this path, and save our future nations

Vik Jan 30, 2017 11:10pm

Trump sent a message...

AXH Jan 30, 2017 11:09pm

If Hafiz Saeed is guilty of subversive activities then why is he roaming freely and only gets briefly detained when there is an external pressure to take action? And, if he is not guilty then let him go. What is the point of repeating this drama of detaining and releasing him at every no and then.

Parvez Jan 30, 2017 11:20pm

.....and this won't be the first time.......nor the last.

Sumit Jan 30, 2017 11:21pm

Trump has just taken over the office and we can see the results long live DONALD TRUMP

INDIAN SURPRISED Jan 30, 2017 11:25pm

What will China say? They have been defending him at UN!

Lca tejus Jan 30, 2017 11:23pm

It's not easy to make fool trump. He is a tough guy. At last someone came who have guts to change the world.

ISHA Jan 30, 2017 11:27pm

Trump effect???

Counterpoint Jan 30, 2017 11:31pm

How come? Drama again. It's a friendly arrest.

Manoj Jan 30, 2017 11:28pm

Waiting for the next move from the government.....

Indian4rmblore Jan 30, 2017 11:32pm

How can a home b a jail, He needs to b put under jail, he needs to put in jail. Wat abt others, everyone need to b put under jail.good for Pakistan development

Kunal Kaushik Bora Jan 30, 2017 11:35pm

Now Pakistan gets concerned that US might stop giving aids.This is the same old movie,Pakistan has been playing since 2008.

ABCD Jan 30, 2017 11:36pm

Trump effect. This man has already destroyed the future of so many Pakistani youths. If he is a well wisher of Pakistan, let him start a World class Modern Institute in Pakistan to educate the poor needy students. He is acting as an agent of God promising so many things after death to the innocent youths and ensuring their future dark.

J20 Jan 30, 2017 11:44pm

Still Nobody will trust ... trust is like glass.. once broken it can't be ...

soj Jan 30, 2017 11:44pm

No doubt, Trump Effect

Akram Jan 30, 2017 11:51pm

Trump or no Trump, Pakistan will always do what is in it's interest. End of discussion.

satyam Jan 30, 2017 11:57pm

A very good step. we will hope for complete justice. .

Boby Jan 30, 2017 11:59pm

Positive news.

Hope it does not turn into a Hindi soap.

Mohammad S. Khalid Jan 31, 2017 12:01am

Just a cosmetic change: would not make any significant impact.

Awaz... Jan 30, 2017 11:55pm

May we be saved from evil thoughts and deed of enemies of world peace who find pleasure in creating havoc and perpetrating all forms of carnage, killing innocent people all over the world.

I think it's naive to pray for world peace if we're not going to change the form in which we live.. And the change has already been started....Let's help Mr. Trump to clean up the MESS!!!

brr Jan 30, 2017 11:58pm

This is actually hilarious, 1 week of Trump achieves what 8 years of Obama could not.

Steve Boston Jan 31, 2017 12:21am

This is the reason the world has lost confidence in Pakistan. You can't flip flop on such a serious issue.

sana-1 Jan 31, 2017 12:18am

No wonder Indians scale so less on happiness index! Tomorrow a fly will die in Pakistan i hope the credit will be given to Trump!!

john Jan 31, 2017 12:25am

drama to escape from trump ban

East India Jan 31, 2017 12:32am

Trump effect

Bakhshi Jan 31, 2017 12:27am

An effort to appease Trump administration so that the flow of US dollars may be resumed resumed, government the Govt 'coffers are painfully hungry and shrieking pathetically.

Taimur Jan 31, 2017 12:27am

Why under house arrest? Why not in jail?

pathanoo Jan 31, 2017 12:35am

@Sheraz Ali Thank You for saying that.

pathanoo Jan 31, 2017 12:32am

@Abhishek ABSOLUTELY.

Denali Jan 31, 2017 12:36am

About time. Long overdue.

T.M. Reddy Jan 31, 2017 12:39am

I think this is good for Pakistan. Mr. Trump may be getting the news about this man's activities (it is not the hear-say-news, but facts). It is not about India or something as nefarious activities of this man. But, it is truly about the welfare of citizens of world and devious / treacherous teachings.

Travis Jan 31, 2017 12:46am

This is how Trump makes an offer you can't refuse.

ved prakash Jan 31, 2017 12:52am

brave Pakistan, kudos from India

nmantri Jan 31, 2017 12:57am

Pakistanis need to own Pakistan. Not every journeyman and disgruntled self invited pontiff who want to lecture to a country he doesnt belong.

faizy Jan 31, 2017 12:59am

nothing new just a diversion. seen it before move on people

rahul kumar Jan 31, 2017 01:00am

Good initial step but more concrete action should follow.

bk Jan 31, 2017 01:06am

Good job pak govt. Better late than never.

Expat (usa) Jan 31, 2017 01:05am

Every action taken by the government is overdramatic - House arrest of Hafiz Saeed on what charges? Is it to appease India or America, why all of sudden he has become threat to Pakistan's security . If he is, then charge him and put him on the trial in the court of the law.

REPLYBYANALYST Jan 31, 2017 01:30am

I call this effect as .."TRUMP EFFECT"

Hassan Jan 31, 2017 01:46am

I would say to Trump, put travel restriction on individuals belongs to such organizations, ban their visas for a while

A shAh Jan 31, 2017 01:53am

@Wills trump effect.

raj Jan 31, 2017 02:08am

How many days since trump took office and we can see things are moving in right. Direction.

ashok Jan 31, 2017 02:07am

Not sure how long this drama will last. May be till the tensions are released.

ashok Jan 31, 2017 02:09am

@Chetan -Thank you Pakistan :) A brother from India

Yeah, I made a similar comment a few years back.

TQ Jan 31, 2017 02:36am

This guy shoud have been in jail long time ago.

kamal khan Jan 31, 2017 02:44am

this is why i voted for trump

Gulfraz Jan 31, 2017 02:43am

Nothing will happen, it's all been done before -)

Rohit meena Jan 31, 2017 03:03am

It will be good for india pak relationship

Apple Fanboy Jan 31, 2017 03:01am

India will be Happy

Jally Fellow Jan 31, 2017 03:07am

Trump effect!!!

gogo Jan 31, 2017 03:08am

You can fool some people for some time, but not all the people all the time.

Laeeq, NY Jan 31, 2017 03:17am

Pakistan may have received the warning from the Trump administration. It is time for Pakistan to get its acts straight and do not differentiate between good and bad extremists. New administration in Washington is not a very friendly government and Pakistan may face severe sanctions under new administration.

Waaris Jan 31, 2017 03:20am

Correct move but a completely wrong timing!! A ban now represents pressure from a fanatic American president rather a sincere move form Pakistani government to ban an outfit.

keyur Jan 31, 2017 03:31am

Ind has been saying this all along. So Pak govt needs to announce whats led to the new development? Did they now find some new evidence or did they agree with evidence already passed by India?

KoLsat Jan 31, 2017 03:45am

Eight years too late.

Saeeds Jan 31, 2017 03:43am

I wish we only do what is good for Pakistan . Time now to bury Race religion ,language , ethnicity deep down in the ground.

shakir hussain Jan 31, 2017 03:51am

He should be in jail long time ago.

Ajit Doval Jan 31, 2017 03:56am

Thank you Mr Trump for putting pressure..

A shah Jan 31, 2017 04:19am

I bet China wants to climb under a rock right now.

Madhu Jan 31, 2017 04:35am

@Wills The Trump effect

Ahmad Shah Jan 31, 2017 04:39am

They have just implemented American decision which was made by the American administration a few days ago.

Jamal Jan 31, 2017 04:55am

Thank you Trump

Asif A. Shah Jan 31, 2017 05:11am

Pakistan should have a clarity about its vision and that vision should include friendly relations with its neighbors, a tolerant society and a respectable place in the world.

ss Jan 31, 2017 05:11am

The fiend needs to be flogged publicly for bringing disrepute to the nation. If the religion of peace and the nation founded on it is today the source of global disgust, it is largely due to men like him. House arrest is hardly sufficient punishment for the great harm he and his ideology have caused the nation.

Suri Jan 31, 2017 05:14am

US is powerful than UN. Pakistan ignored all whether Friend's support

SAAGAR Jan 31, 2017 05:20am

@FreeMind but Trump can not be fooled.

Brar Jan 31, 2017 05:14am

Cosmetic action actually there is no action.

Pritam Das Jan 31, 2017 05:24am

Almost a decade late but still appreciate it.

Rao Jan 31, 2017 05:28am

@Freund ...definitely.....

Sailani Jan 31, 2017 05:33am

It is about time, he should be in jail not house arrest.

JITENDRA PRASAD Jan 31, 2017 05:35am

Mere arrest is not adequate. He should be brought to justice. I don't think Pakistan will get relief by simply putting him uder house arrest

KHan Jan 31, 2017 05:41am

somebody seems scared of trump

jssidhoo Jan 31, 2017 06:00am

House arrest is for VIP criminals

Make$$$ Jan 31, 2017 06:10am

About Time !

Manoj Jan 31, 2017 06:21am

No difference still trump effect

lafanga Jan 31, 2017 06:19am

why house arrest ? what wrong had he done ?

Dynamite Jan 31, 2017 06:32am

Pressure works !!

Durai Jan 31, 2017 06:39am

It's a very welcome development. Let us remove these nuisances between ourselves and work for the betterment of ourselves. They have done no good for anyone.

HZR Jan 31, 2017 06:47am

This move is welcome but have the Chinese agreed to this development becasue they always held that the evidence is not adequate and he cannot be proscribed.It should not upset our best friend.

Dipendra Yadav Jan 31, 2017 06:58am

After so much hate, mistrust and bad blood between two countries over such a long period of time, you do this... Its a crazy world!!!

sunny Jan 31, 2017 07:10am

He is criminal, no doubt.

uma Jan 31, 2017 07:18am

@Wills US Imposing sanctions against pak if action is not taken against him . That is the main reason

Suri Jan 31, 2017 07:15am

US is more powerful than UN, proved once again

Vasan Jan 31, 2017 07:14am

Just call it he got police protection!

Too little, very small step for the crime he committed.

Don't do it because US asked. Think and save Pakistani youth getting wrong preaching, and hate.

Wakas Jan 31, 2017 07:14am

Pmln days are numbered

Ahsan gul Jan 31, 2017 07:20am

Government must realize that these characters are undermining Pakistan's credibility and security. Impression in the world is that he has his hand in Bombay attack. Time has changed and we must have friendly terms with our neighbors to progress. Let us all make Pakistan an industrial and a progressive country.

Bharatiya Australian Jan 31, 2017 07:27am

Carrots were of no use. New Principal Mr. Trump was appointed who came with stick. All unruly kids are getting in line.

Shahzad Jan 31, 2017 07:24am

He has been under house arrest a couple of times.

Sriram Jan 31, 2017 07:25am

looks like Pakistan was threatened by Trump, good days are ahead for Pakistan in trump's regime

Yatuni Jan 31, 2017 07:38am

Pakistani government had been under pressure from the United States to take action against Saeed or face sanctions.

Kevin Peter Jan 31, 2017 07:57am

@Test Crikey : You have a point mate!

Khawaja Rehman Jan 31, 2017 08:02am

I think finally Chinese pressure worked. It's a step forward. Hope to see HS behind bars along with many more like minded.

Durai Jan 31, 2017 08:10am

Thank you very much Pakistan.

deepu Jan 31, 2017 08:08am

@Chetan thank u trump

Kkl Jan 31, 2017 08:14am

Let's fix home first and world will follow....

Ahsan Gul Jan 31, 2017 08:14am

People of Pakistan has chosen PML-N to lead and protect country. It is governments responsibility to keep characters like JUD in check so they cannot make all of us responsible for their dirty ignorant actions.

Abdul Rehman Jan 31, 2017 08:11am

@Akram : Trump or no Trump, Pakistan will always do what is in it's interest. End of discussion.

If this the attitude, then that will be end of Pakistan too..

Pc Jan 31, 2017 08:17am

Looks like Trump started working..

point of view Jan 31, 2017 08:14am

It could just a drama for pleasing Trump. Future will tell...

Deepak Kumar Jan 31, 2017 08:18am

Dictation well received.

Krishma Jan 31, 2017 08:29am

@Salman zaidi sir dont fear trump. These guys r much bigger danger to evwrypne be in pakistanis or indians. They want to convert region to syria or sudan or yemen.. such violence is not good for any nation even pak. For pak to develop auch elements must be controlled

Truthpays Jan 31, 2017 08:27am

This has been done many a times before. Not such a big thing but an eye wash. Having said that, there is no doubt that Pak will be under tremendous pressure under the Trump regime.

Syam Jan 31, 2017 08:27am

Really? How many hours?

Raj Jan 31, 2017 08:38am

He is noble man . Please let him go

Arshad Ali Jan 31, 2017 08:42am

A very sensible decision by the government. They should have done it years ago. Better late than never. We should not allow a person to risk the peace between two nuclear powers.

wellwisher Jan 31, 2017 08:44am

trump effect

rrd Jan 31, 2017 08:42am

trump effect

Abdul Wani Jan 31, 2017 08:43am

Same old drama to try fool the world.

KEVIN THOMAS Jan 31, 2017 08:56am

Mr. President, started helping Pakistan to solve Kashmir issues.. well satrted

saj Jan 31, 2017 08:55am

Extremely positive step. Kudos to Pakistani govt.

Jawaid kamal Jan 31, 2017 08:59am

Trump really talking.

Rakesh Jain Jan 31, 2017 09:02am

Pakistan has Game changer CPEC and All Weather Friend CHINA .. still US pressure worked, how ?????

Netindian Jan 31, 2017 09:05am

Trump Effect !

Samir Jan 31, 2017 09:04am

Pakistan will now surely have to face ban,sanctions, isolation etc from Trump Government despite any drama created. Poor country.

JJ Jan 31, 2017 09:08am

Trump effect or drama? Only time will tell.

SAAGAR Jan 31, 2017 09:08am

Surgical strike by government under pressure from USA. And India cooperation with Trump showing results so fast. Can government please clarify if Hafiz is still a hero or an accused.

Mustafa Jan 31, 2017 09:10am

Trump Effect?? But house arrest?? What a joke!!!

HAFIZ Jan 31, 2017 09:16am

When you have your money in foreign banks you have to obey!

RE Jan 31, 2017 09:14am

This is a complete sham. Please don''t fooled by this so called "house arrest". He will be enjoying the comfort''s of home and continuing to do what he is doing. Has any charge sheet been created? Has been jailed? Will he be tried in court? This is just being done to appease Donald Trump so that he does not add them on his list of countries where visas to the US are not being issued.

Tausif daulatabad Jan 31, 2017 09:18am

That's good decision.

BIJU.j Jan 31, 2017 09:25am

just acting under pressure.Not sincere or genuine move frm Pakistan.

Gafoor Khan Jan 31, 2017 09:22am

How many times Hafiz Saeed had been under house arrest and to be released later on? This will not fool Donald Trump. Trump is the man of results only and not of drama.

Nandu Jan 31, 2017 09:35am

100% Truml effect

faceey Jan 31, 2017 09:35am

Totally disgusting action!!!!!

Anil Jan 31, 2017 09:41am

@Fatma Sincerity of the government will be watched with interest the world over

AM Jan 31, 2017 09:42am

Too little, too late

farhat abbas advocate Jan 31, 2017 09:48am

Govt tactic to tackle the on going pressure.

Harambe of Cincinnati Jan 31, 2017 09:54am

@PrincessofDHUMP : Absolutely!

Rajesh Jan 31, 2017 09:58am

@Tausif daulatabad trump zindabad

Last Word Jan 31, 2017 09:56am

US administration will not be impressed with this cosmetic step.

Harambe of Cincinnati Jan 31, 2017 10:03am

@Jawaid kamal : Even a broken clock is right twice a day!

Moby Jan 31, 2017 10:08am

Why now?

Raja Parekh Jan 31, 2017 10:34am

Good step towards normalising cricketing ties with India.

BNJ Jan 31, 2017 11:28am

This what we call 'The Trump Effect' !!

Mahi Jan 31, 2017 11:24am

nice drama to fool the world

Gerry D'Cunha Jan 31, 2017 11:41am

These sort of people living in Pakistan have given bad name to our country and Islam.

wills Jan 31, 2017 11:36am

Is this really a arrest or just to show others ?

Sultan Jan 31, 2017 11:40am

He is a permanent pain for Pakistan. He should be punished as he spreads hate. but these routine cosmetic actions won't work.

sardar Jan 31, 2017 11:45am

This is not the first time he would be placed under house arrest. For those of you who are saying that a simple house arrest would not work needs to know that since his last arrest he and activities of JuD are being monitored closely and are kept on a tight leash.

Gajendra, Pune , India Jan 31, 2017 11:50am

Good move by Pakistan. I hope they are serious this time as he was under house arrest in past also.

Look like New army chief of Pakistan has some serious plan to act. To restrict non state actors and support the democracy. He is just continuing the work left by Rahil.

Peace and people elected government is required to make CPEC success. As almost all Pakistanis are optimistic about it and having high hope of development. As a nation it is great feeling to know that you are on path of development.

ARun Jan 31, 2017 11:50am

Apparently pressure from all weather friend and not from India or US as widely thought.

malik humayoun Jan 31, 2017 12:01pm

Injustice decision done by government

GHOSH Jan 31, 2017 12:24pm

TRUMP's up !

Abhik Jan 31, 2017 12:31pm

Iron brother will not be happy with this decision

harris Jan 31, 2017 12:40pm

Good move Pakistan... wait for the right time to take an action !!!

Namo Jan 31, 2017 01:21pm

Now is the time for Pakistan to get it right no more excuses no more propaganda.If you tread on the right path then good luck to you.The ordinary folks in Pakistan don't want this drama they want to live day by day and earn their roti in peace.

Shahid Jan 31, 2017 01:32pm

There should be no place for such extremist outfits in our beautiful country!

nitin Jan 31, 2017 01:48pm

thank you pakistan

D.K. PAMNANI Jan 31, 2017 01:52pm

Finally, he is arrested so what if it is house arrest. He deserve only arrest for the rest of the life.

Lord buddha Jan 31, 2017 02:00pm

Good work Pakistan... Punish him and see good friendship with us

Rakesh Jan 31, 2017 02:01pm

Nice Drama by Pakistan.

Law of jungle Jan 31, 2017 02:54pm

Sign of changing time.

Pakistan must remember that time and tide do not wait for anybody.

Imtiaz ali khan Jan 31, 2017 03:13pm

@Manoj MUMBAIKAR Truth in your words.

Concerned Pakistani Jan 31, 2017 03:13pm

Steps in right direction will lead the country to progress. Now the foreign policy should come in political hands also.

Concerned Pakistani Jan 31, 2017 03:18pm

@Ahsan Gul The support of such elements is not from any political Government but from somewhere else.

AKS London Jan 31, 2017 03:48pm

At Long Last ............... If he has been detained under Terrorism activities, Pakistan military need to have a fast track trial they have been conducting with all other terrorist . This would show the world that Pakistan is not differentiating between Terror groups.

Wajih Uddin Qidwai Jan 31, 2017 04:09pm

Horror of Trump. Pakistan could be the next on his list.

UKumar Jan 31, 2017 05:32pm

@Samir I hope you are right.

Timeto stopthis Jan 31, 2017 05:37pm

All eye wash!!!

rld Jan 31, 2017 06:36pm

good move

Vishal Jan 31, 2017 07:53pm

No respect is important then self respect. If i am pakistan and if i believe Hafeez has nothing to do with terrorism in past or present and his organisation JUD is only in charity, i would have never placed him under house arrest irrespective of any internal or external pressure.

Anjan Jan 31, 2017 08:11pm

No answer to the question.."WHY?"

Tariq Awan Jan 31, 2017 08:13pm

Finally! So, it is turn of the good talibans now!

syed zafar kazmI U.S Jan 31, 2017 08:33pm

A much delayed action and still the seriousness of it is very much doubtful. This man, Ludhianavi and Mulla Aziz along with so many others need serious attention by LEA. Why house detention?, instead of outright arrest? These games never stop and how can they when we have interior minister like the Choudhry Nisar & law minister like the Rana Sanaullah

syed zafar kazmI U.S Jan 31, 2017 08:40pm

All this is either drama or putting Band Aid on a gushing wound. Terrorism must be declared as the most pressing emergency of the country and the only most effective way to banish this monstrosity from the Pakistani society would be to completely shut off all Madressahs or at least shut their foreign funding. Most of the Madressahs are the source of all sick indoctrination

D. Khan Jan 31, 2017 08:58pm

@Harambe of Cincinnati This is the digital age; a broken clock shows nothing.

Kalim Mirzas Saira Jan 31, 2017 10:19pm

Scared of trump govt?

hassan Parvez Jan 31, 2017 10:24pm

Why our government is so slow in taking the right decisions?

Sri Jan 31, 2017 10:45pm

Typical Pakistan government pleasing it's masters shame on such leadership cowards

Dessi Jan 31, 2017 11:01pm

Pakistanis are very found of two words "Game Changer".

John Jan 31, 2017 11:44pm

@syed zafar kazmI U.S You spoke the truth. Hope my comments are not censored

Meow Feb 01, 2017 08:04am

Too little too late and spare the world from your political drama

DEEPAK dcunha Feb 01, 2017 10:21am

Stumped due to Trump effect..

madat Feb 01, 2017 11:24am

Reading comments of DAWN it appears that majority of readers have welcome this action. It was long overdue.

Biju Nair Feb 01, 2017 03:38pm

Is n't this too little too late? Terrorism of any form is unlikely to yield positive results. Such violent elements have no place in a civilised world . We should not just arrest them, but make sure there is no fertile soil for such elements in this nation. After all, Kashmir cannot be the chain that locks us or binds us. An independent Kashmir should be the aim of india and pakistan, but for this to happen violence must stop. Otherwise kashmiris will suffer the same fate as Palestine.