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Pakistani Islamic charity holds protests after Hafiz Saeed’s detention

Employees and supporters of a Pakistani Islamic charity are holding protests around the country after their leader was detained by the government.

world Updated: Jan 31, 2017 17:22 IST
AP, Lahore
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Supporters of Hafiz Saeed, head of the Pakistani religious charity, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, burn representations of US and Indian flags, to condemn his arrest, during a rally in Peshawar on Tuesday.(AP)

Employees and supporters of a Pakistani Islamic charity are holding protests around the country after their leader was detained by the government.

Hafiz Saeed, head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization, was placed under house arrest Monday, along with four of his deputies. His organization is linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group behind the deadly 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.

Saeed’s arrest has been long sought by both the Indian and American governments. The U.S. has a standing $10 million reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

Read: How Pakistani newspapers reported Hafiz Saeed’s detention

Saeed has vowed to continue his work and has blamed the government’s move on pressure from new U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

First Published: Jan 31, 2017 17:22 IST