New Delhi: Hafiz Talha Saeed, son of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, has been declared a designated terrorist by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. In an April 8 notification, the MHA said that Hafiz Talha Saeed was a senior leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the head of the terror outfit’s cleric wing.

The notification said Talha Saeed “has been actively involved in the recruitment, fundraising, planning and execution of attacks by Lashkar-e-Taiba in India and Indian interests in Afghanistan.” The notification comes on a day Talha’s father and outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was sentenced to 31 years in prison by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.

The MHA notification further stated that Talha Saeed “has been visiting various Lashkar centers across Pakistan and during his sermons preaching jihad against Indian interests in India, Israel, the United States of America and other western countries.” ” “The Central Government is of the view that Hafiz Talha Saeed is involved in terrorism and Hafiz Talha Saeed should be notified as a terrorist under the said Act,” the MHA notification said.

Notably, the central government in August 2019 amended the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, to include a provision for designating a person as a terrorist. Prior to this amendment, only organizations could be designated as terrorist organisations. Following the amendment, the ministry had in July 2020 designated nine persons as designated terrorists under the provisions of the UAPA Act.

Implementing the said amended provision, in September 2019, the central government designated four persons as terrorists, including Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim. The nine persons who were designated terrorists in July 2020 include Wadhwa Singh Babbar, Pakistan-based head of “Babbar Khalsa International”, Pakistan-based chief of “International Sikh Youth Federation”, Lakhbir Singh, Pakistan-based chief of “Khalistan Zindabad Force” Ranjit Singh. Lions included. , Paramjit Singh, Chief of “Khalistan Commando Force” based in Pakistan, Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, Chief of “Khalistan Zindabad Force” based in Germany, Gurmeet Singh Bagga, Gurpatwant Singh Pannoon, Hardeep Singh Najjar, Chief of “Khalistan Tiger Force” based in Canada and Paramjit Singh,