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new Delhi: The central government has named Talha, son of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, as a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). “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…Therefore, the Central Government hereby makes the following amendment in the Fourth Schedule to the said Act , namely: after the Fourth Schedule to the said Act, serial number 31 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be inserted, namely: 32. Hafiz Talha Saeed,” read a gazette notification issued on Friday by the Ministry of Home Affairs. ,

 

Talha Saeed (47) serves as the second-in-command of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and is in charge of the organisation’s finances. Talha survived an assassination attempt in Lahore in 2019 when a bomb exploded inside a refrigerator shop.

 

The government notification said that Talha heads the cleric wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an organization banned under the UAPA. “Talha Saeed has been actively involved in recruitment, fundraising, planning and carrying out attacks by Lashkar-e-Taiba in Indian interests in India and Afghanistan. Talha Saeed is actively visiting various Lashkar centers across Pakistan and has been actively involved during his sermons while preaching Jihad against India, Israel. Indian interests in the United States and other Western countries,” read the notification.

 

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 was amended in August 2019 to include a provision for designating individuals as terrorists. Earlier, only organizations were classified under the Act. After designating the person as a terrorist, the government can freeze their finances and act on the network they have created.

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