LAHORE: Authorities in Punjab have arrested Abdul Rehman Makki, a senior leader of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the brother-in-law of the outlawed group’s chief, Hafiz Saeed.
According to media, Makki was arrested under the Maintenance of Public Order Act and has been shifted to a jail in Lahore.
The JuD leader’s arrest came days after he delivered a speech in Gujranwala criticising the government’s ongoing crackdown against banned outfits in Pakistan.
He had also previously spoken against the operation and was also encouraging people to donate to JuD’s banned charity wing, Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FiF).
Makki is the head of JuD’s political and foreign relations departments and is widely seen as the proscribed outfit’s second-in-command. He was designated by the United States in 2010 and consequently targeted by the US Treasury Department.
In 2012, the US state department’s Rewards for Justice programme also announced a $2 million reward for Makki.