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Hafiz Saeed, leader of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) rejected on Friday a notification from the Counter Terror Department (CTD) that had said that Saeed, along with 13 of his JuD cohorts had been booked for terror financing.
The CTD press release had said that Saeed, his deputy Abdul Rehman Makki, along with a dozen other from the JuD had been booked under the Anti Terror Act, 1997. The JuD Emir took to Twitter to say, “Notification by CTD is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Coordination Committee. Notification is rejected.”
Following the tweet, an investigation was immediately called by the Punjab government and DIG Saleem Mazhar, Punjab chief of the CTD, was immediately suspended from his position.
“Hafiz Saeed is a respected citizen of our country and we apologise for any action of ours that might have resulted in hurting his feelings,” said Dr Shehbaz Gill, spokesperson for the Punjab CM.
Dr Shehbaz Gill also condemned the Dawn newspaper, which featured a report a couple of years earlier that had asked for action to be taken against militant groups.