ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed may face fresh detention after British diplomats met senior Pakistani officials to convince them to crack down on the organisation, a front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to a media report today.
Diplomats from the British missions in Islamabad and New Delhi had a "successful rounds of talks with Pakistani leaders in the last week of July", 'The Express Tribune' newspaper quoted unnamed diplomats as saying.
These talks "might lead to the detention of JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and a possible crackdown on his group", the report said without giving details.
The report contended that the developments were an outcome of a 'covert diplomatic campaign' by India to pressure Pakistan to rein in the JuD, which New Delhi has blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
The report quoted the diplomats as saying that the British government hopes to convince Pakistan to address India's concern about Saeed and restrict the activities of the JuD in Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistani authorities had launched a limited crackdown on the JuD and its leaders in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks after the UN Security Council classified the group as a front for the LeT.
However, no official notification was issued to ban the JuD and most of its detained leaders, including Saeed, were freed within months.
UK diplomats ask Pak to rein in Hafiz Saeed - The Times of India