Police arrest brother of Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed

Abdul Rehman Makki, the brother-in-law of militant leader Hafiz Saeed, seen in a screen grab from a YouTube video taken on May 15, 2019. (Youtube)
Updated 15 May 2019

Police arrest brother of Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed

  • Abdul Rehman Makki taken into custody over hate speech and for criticizing government crackdown against militant groups
  • Move is part of new push against militant groups launched in February

ISLAMABAD: The brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed, the chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity, was arrested on Wednesday over hate speech and for criticizing steps taken by the Pakistan government to crackdown on militant groups and affiliated charities, local media reported.

Abdul Rehman Makki was arrested on Wednesday under the Maintenance of Public Order Act as part of a renewed clampdown by the government against banned groups, local media said quoting interior ministry sources.

Makki is the head of JuD's political and international affairs wing and in-charge of the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) charity. In February, Pakistan had banned both JuD and FIF over their links with Saeed, the alleged founder of the Lashkar e Taiba militant group that India blames for an attack in its financial hub of Mumbai in 2008 in which 166 people were killed.

The US government has also previously offered a $2 million award for information leading to the location of Makki, whom it says was the second in command of Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Pakistan is facing pressure from global powers to act against groups accused of carrying out attacks in India, including Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which claimed responsibility for a February 14 attack that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir. This month, a UN Security Council committee blacklisted the head of the JeM, Masood Azhar, subjecting him to an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze.

In March, Pakistan began a major crackdown on Islamist militant groups, announcing it had taken control of 182 religious schools and detained more than 100 people. Last week, the government banned 11 more charities linked with JuD, FIF and JeM.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Hafiz Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist and in 2012 offered a $10 million reward for information leading to his arrest.


Shaheen Afridi upstages Taylor's ton as Pakistan beats Zimbabwe in first ODI

Updated 30 October 2020

Shaheen Afridi upstages Taylor's ton as Pakistan beats Zimbabwe in first ODI

  • Zimbabwe lost by 26 runs when it was bowled out for 255 in 49.4 overs
  • Afridi outperformed everyone with 5-49

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan overcame Brendan Taylor’s century thanks to fast bowler Shaheen Afridi’s 5-49 to beat Zimbabwe by 26 runs in the first one-day international on Friday.
Taylor’s 112 off 117 balls — his 11th ODI hundred — ended up in a losing cause as Zimbabwe was bowled out for 255 in 49.4 overs.
Afridi was well supported by Wahab Riaz, who claimed 4-41.
In Pakistan’s first home international with no spectators because of COVID-19 restrictions at Pindi Cricket Stadium, left-handed batsmen Haris Sohail (71) and Imam-ul-Haq (58) propped up their team’s total of 281-8.
The three-match ODI series is part of the new World Cup Super League. Seven of the 13 teams in the league will directly qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.
Taylor kept Zimbabwe in the hunt by hitting 11 fours and three sixes until Afridi returned in the 47th over and had him caught at mid-off. Zimbabwe lost its last five wickets for only 15 runs in the space of 18 balls.
“Pakistan’s bowlers' skill level at the death made it difficult for us," Taylor said.
On being named player of the match, he added, “I feel very lucky to get this man of the match award as I feel Shaheen should have got it. You’re up against a very skillful attack at the death and they were too good at the end."
Taylor and Wesley Madhevere (55) shared a 119-run, fifth-wicket stand that put Zimbabwe’s chase back on track after Afridi and Riaz reduced Zimbabwe to 115-4 in the 27th over.
But once Riaz broke the partnership by clean bowling Madhevere, Afridi followed up with the key dismissal of Taylor and swung the game back in Pakistan's favor.
“He (Taylor) played an outstanding innings, but I had confidence in Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz,” Babar Azam said after winning his first ODI as Pakistan captain. “Once Shaheen had Taylor’s wicket, I was sure we are going to win the game.”
Earlier, Zimbabwe's players didn’t show any rustiness despite this being their first international match since March as they tied down Pakistan’s much-fancied stroke-players.
Left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro (2-31) and fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani (2-39), who is making a comeback after two years out, were the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers. Muzarabani got Babar caught behind on 19.
Imam survived a television referral for lbw on 11 and went on to hit six fours. However, soon after completing his half-century he fell to a bizarre run out when he and Sohail ended up at the striker’s end.
Sohail departed in the 42nd over after hitting six fours and two sixes when offspinner Sikander Raza had him caught behind. Sohail didn’t return to the field during Zimbabwe’s chase.
Pakistan made 90 runs in the last 10 overs to post a competitive total.