Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court has sentenced 10 years jail to Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in two terror cases on Thursday. Hafiz Saeed is an UN-designated terrorist was arrested on July 17, 2019, in terror financing cases. 24 cases have been decided out of a total of 41 cases that have been registered against Saeed. The rest of the cases are pending in the ATC courts.
The Jamat-ud-Dawa chief is currently in Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail as he was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in February 2020 in two terror financing cases.
The ATC court also pronounced ten-and-a-half years imprisonment for 2-close-aide of JuD chief Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid. Moreover, the court has ordered to confiscate all properties of Hafiz Saeed.
Hafiz Saeed is wanted in India for planning the attack in Mumbai in 2008 that killed total of 166 people, including six US citizens. 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 watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) put Pakistan on the grey list in June 2018 and asked Pakistan to implement a plan of action by the end of 2019, but the deadline was extended later due to COVID-19 pandemic.
In August, Pakistan had imposed tough financial sanctions on 88 banned terror groups and their leaders, including Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim, by ordering the seizure of all of their properties and freezing of bank accounts, as per a media report.
India has been asking international agencies to apply pressure on Pakistan to make it stop sheltering terrorists. Moreover, India also gave proof to FATF about how Pakistani agencies are funnelling money to terror groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed that was responsible for a car bomb attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in February 2019.