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Pakistan court docket sentences two extra aides of Hafiz Saeed in terror financing case – World News , Firstpost

The Anti-Terrorism Court of Lahore handed down six and five-and-a-half years of imprisonment to the JuD’s Muhammad Ashraf and Lucman Shah, respectively

Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court docket in Pakistan. PTI

Lahore: A Pakistani court docket on Friday jailed two extra aides of Mumbai assault mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed in a terror financing case.

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Lahore handed down six and five-and-a-half years of imprisonment to JuD leaders Muhammad Ashraf and Lucman Shah, respectively.

ATC Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta additionally imposed a superb of Rs 10,000 on every of them.

On Thursday, the 70-year-old JuD chief was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in two terror instances by ATC Lahore.

Saeed’s two shut aides – Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid – had been sentenced to 10 and a half years every, whereas his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki was sentenced to 6 months of imprisonment in the identical instances.

Saeed, a UN designated terrorist whom the US has positioned a $10 million bounty on, was arrested on 17 July final yr within the terror financing instances. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court docket in February this yr in two terror financing instances.

The JuD chief is lodged at Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail.

Saeed is needed in India for planning the 2008 Mumbai assaults when 10 Pakistani terrorists killed 166 folks, together with six Americans, and injured a whole bunch others.

Paris-based world terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures towards terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and utilizing its territory to hold out assaults in India.

A complete of 41 instances have been registered by Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department towards the JuD leaders, out of which 24 have been determined whereas the remaining are pending within the ATC courts. Four instances have been determined towards Saeed to date.

The sentencing of JuD leaders comes weeks after the FATF retained Pakistan on its gray record until February 2021 as Islamabad didn’t fulfil the company’s six key obligations, together with failure to take motion towards two of India’s most needed terrorists – Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar.

Saeed-led JuD is the entrance organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is liable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. He was listed underneath the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.

The FATF had positioned Pakistan on the gray record in June 2018 and requested Islamabad to implement a plan of motion to curb cash laundering and terror financing by the top of 2019 however the deadline was prolonged afterward resulting from COVID-19 pandemic.

With Pakistan’s continuation within the ‘gray record’, the nation could discover it tough to get monetary assist from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union, thus additional enhancing issues for the cash-strapped nation.

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