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Mumbai attack mastermind and Lakshar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was arrested in Pakistan on Saturday, an official said.

Lakhvi, 61, was arrested in a case of terrorism financing registered in a police station of CTD Lahore. He was running a dispensary to generate funds for the purpose of diverting the same to terrorists, officials said.

“Following an intelligence-based operation conducted by the CTD Punjab, proscribed organisation LeT leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was arrested on charges of terrorism financing,”news agency PTI quoted officials as saying.

“Lakhvi is accused of running a dispensary, using funds collected for terrorism financing. He and others also collected funds from this dispensary and used these funds for further terrorism financing. He also used these funds for personal expenses,” the CTD said.

The CTD said that in addition to belonging to proscribed organisation LeT, Lakhvi is also a UN-designated individual.

“His trial will be held before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore,” it added.

Lakhvi, who was on bail since 2015 in the Mumbai attack case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD). However, officials did not mention his place of arrest.

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