Pakistan’s anti-terror court sentences JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to 10 years in jail in two more cases on Thursday.
- Saeed, an UN-designated terrorist whom the US has placed a $10 million bounty on, was arrested on July 17 last year in the terror financing cases by an anti-terrorism court in February this year in two terror financing cases according to TOI.
- He is placed currently in Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail. “The anti-terrorism court of Lahore on Thursday sentenced four leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawa, including its chief Hafiz Saeed, in two more cases,” PTI quoted a court official as saying.
- He is the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. It’s not the first time Saeed is sentenced to the court, he and some of his other subordinates were sentenced to 11 years for terror financing case.
- “The anti-terrorism court of Lahore on Thursday sentenced four leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawa, including its chief Hafiz Saeed, in two more cases,” PTI quoted a court official as saying.
- Hafiz Saeed and his two aides – Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid – have been sentenced to 10-and-a-half years each, while his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki has been sentenced to six-month imprisonment
- According to the resources, a total of 41 cases have been registered against the JUD leaders, out of which 24 are proven, and the remaining are still in court, until now only 4 cases have been decided in court against him in court.
- Saeed-led JuD is the front organization for the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. He was listed under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.
- The global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures against terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and using its territory to carry out attacks in India. As India has been asking for so long from international agencies and friendly nations to put pressure on Pakistan to do a proper investigation and stop sheltering terrorists on their land.
- India gave proof to the Paris-headquartered FATF through several dossiers last year about how Pakistani agencies are funding the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed that was responsible for a car bomb attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in February 2019. Since then Pakistan is feared to be blacklisted by FATF, which could lead to the weakening of the country by lenders like the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and European Union.