The Pakistan government has announced that Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has been “barred” from delivering the weekly Friday sermon at the headquarters of his terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa or JuD in Lahore in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
This is perhaps for the first time in years that Hafiz Saeed, despite being present in Lahore, will not be able to deliver the Friday sermon at Jamia Masjid Qadsia, the headquarters of the JuD.
Hafiz Saeed was never stopped from delivering Friday sermons even during the years when Masjid Qadsia’s control was under Pakistan’s Punjab government.
“As the Punjab police have sealed the Jamia Masjid Qadsia, Hafiz Saeed will not be allowed to enter the premises to give his weekly sermon on Friday,” a senior official of the Punjab government told news agency Press Trust of India.
“Hafiz Saeed requested the Punjab government to allow him to give sermon on Friday at Qadsia Masjid but it was turned down. This is significant with regard to his ’clout’ as for the first time he is not being allowed by the government to give sermon on Friday,” he added.
Pakistan had on Thursday claimed that it has taken control of 182 madrassas and detained 121 people as part of its crackdown on banned terror groups, report The Statesman.