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Pakistan Court Sentences Hafiz Saeed’s Two Close Aides To Over 15 Years In Jail

US Department of the Treasury has designated Hafiz Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist

Lahore:

An anti-terrorism court docket in Pakistan has handed down greater than 15 years jail time period every to 2 shut aides of Mumbai terror assault mastermind and banned Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, together with the outfit’s media face Yahya Mujahid, in a terror financing case.

The anti-terrorism court docket in Lahore on Tuesday additionally sentenced Saeed’s brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki to six-month in jail.

“Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta awarded 15-and-half-year imprisonment each to Yahya Mujahid and Zafar Iqbal, and six-month term to Prof Abdul Rehman Makki in a case registered by the Counter Terrorism Department of Punjab Police,” a court docket official instructed PTI on Wednesday.

Earlier, the court docket had handed down a 47-year jail time period to Mujahid in three terror financing circumstances.

Similarly, Iqbal was sentenced 26 years imprisonment in three such circumstances.

Both Mujahid and Iqbal will likely be stored in jail for about 15 years as their sentences will run concurrently.

The official mentioned the three convicts had been current within the court docket when the decide introduced the decision. Strict safety measures had been taken in the course of the look of the JuD leaders within the court docket.

Last week, Mumbai assault mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operation commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was sentenced to five years in jail in a terror financing case, amidst mounting worldwide strain on Islamabad to deliver to justice terrorists roaming free within the nation.

Lakhvi was sentenced to 5 years of rigorous imprisonment every on three counts with a nice of PKR 100,000 (roughly USD 620) every on three counts. His punishment will run concurrently. The CTD had registered as many as 41 FIRs towards the leaders, together with Hafiz Saeed, in numerous cities.

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The anti-terrorism court docket has sentenced Saeed for a collective imprisonment of 36 years on terror finance costs in 5 circumstances thus far.

The 70-year-old radical cleric’s punishment will run concurrently in these circumstances. There are reviews that he’s given “VIP protocol” within the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist on whom the US has positioned a USD 10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17 final yr within the terror financing circumstances.

Saeed-led JuD is the entrance organisation for the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) which is accountable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 folks, together with six Americans.

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

The international 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.

The FATF had positioned Pakistan on the gray checklist 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 in a while resulting from COVID-19 pandemic.

With Pakistan’s continuation within the “grey list”, the nation might discover it troublesome to get monetary help from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, thus additional enhancing issues for the cash-strapped nation.

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