Pakistan extends house arrest of militant wanted by US

2017-05-01 18:00
Hafiz Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa the front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, speaks in Lahore, Pakistan. (KM Chaudary, AP, File)

Hafiz Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa the front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, speaks in Lahore, Pakistan. (KM Chaudary, AP, File)

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Lahore - Pakistan has extended the house arrest of a senior militant wanted by the US for another three months.

Hafiz Saeed heads Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a charity that is widely believed to serve as a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The State Department is offering a $10m reward for information leading to his arrest.

Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said Monday's extension will give investigators more time to gather evidence against the charity.

Pakistan placed Saeed and four aides under house arrest in January and vowed to act against the charity and an affiliate, both of which have since resumed their work under new names.

Pakistan has long tolerated Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Islamic militant groups, seeing them as a way to project power in the region.

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