A Pakistani court docket on Thursday sentenced Mumbai terror assault mastermind and banned Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to fifteen and a half years in jail in one of many a number of terror financing circumstances agianst him.
The Anti-Terrorism Court docket (ATC) of Lahore additionally imposed a high quality of two lakh Pakistani rupees on Hafiz Saeed.
Hafiz Saeed, an UN-designated terrorist on whom the US has positioned a USD 10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17 final 12 months within the terror financing circumstances.
He was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court docket in February this 12 months in two terror financing circumstances.
In November, Saeed was sentenced to a different 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court docket in two extra terror financing circumstances. The punishments are to be served subsequently, that’s one after the opposite, compounding Saeed’s jail time to 36 and a half years.
“On Thursday an Anti-Terrorism Court docket (ATC) of Lahore sentenced 5 leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawa, together with its chief Hafiz Saeed, in one other terror financing case…for 15 and a half years,” a court docket official informed PTI.
Hafiz Saeed will serve his time on the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. There are studies that he’s given “VIP protocol” in jail.
The opposite 4 JuD leaders convicted by the court docket on Thursday are Hafiz Abdus Salam, Zafar Iqbal, JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid and Muhammad Ashraf.
Every convicted particular person has additionally been fined a PKR 200,000.
The ATC additionally handed down six-month imprisonment to Saeed’s brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki on this case and imposed a high quality of PKR 200,000 on him, the official stated.
A complete of 41 circumstances have been registered by the CTD towards the JuD leaders, out of which 28 have been determined whereas the remainder are pending within the ATC courts. 5 circumstances have been determined towards Saeed to date.
Hafiz Saeed-led JuD is the entrance organisation for the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) which is answerable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 folks, together with six People.
The US Division of the Treasury has designated Hafiz Saeed as a Specifically Designated International Terrorist. He was listed underneath the UN Safety Council Decision 1267 in December 2008.
The worldwide terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures against terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and utilizing its territory to hold out assaults in India.
The FATF had positioned Pakistan on the gray listing in June 2018 and requested Islamabad to implement a plan of motion to curb cash laundering and terror financing by the tip of 2019 however the deadline was prolonged afterward because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With Pakistan’s continuation within the ‘gray listing’, the nation might discover it tough to get monetary support from the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF), the World Financial institution, the Asian Growth Financial institution (ADB) and the European Union, thus additional enhancing issues for the cash-strapped nation.
(With inputs from PTI)