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Pak court sentences Hafiz Saeed’s two close aides to over 15 years in jail in terror financing case

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.
“Choose Arshad Hussain Bhutta awarded 15-and-half-year imprisonment every to Yahya Mujahid and Zafar Iqbal, and six-month time period to Prof Abdul Rehman Makki in a case registered by the Counter Terrorism Division 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.
Equally, Iqbal was sentenced 26 years imprisonment in three such circumstances.
Each 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 throughout the look of the JuD leaders within the court docket.
Final 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, amid mounting worldwide stress 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 tremendous of PKR 100,000 (roughly $620) every on three counts. His punishment will run concurrently.
The CTD had registered as many as 41 FIRs in opposition to the leaders, together with Hafiz Saeed, in several cities.
The anti-terrorism court docket has sentenced Saeed for a collective imprisonment of 36 years on terror finance costs in 5 circumstances to this point.
The 70-year-old radical cleric’s punishment will run concurrently in these circumstances. There are studies 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 $10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17 final 12 months within the terror financing circumstances.
Saeed-led JuD is the entrance organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is liable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 folks, together with six People.
The US Division of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specifically Designated International Terrorist. He was listed below the UN Safety Council Decision 1267 in December 2008.
The worldwide terror financing watchdog Monetary Motion Activity Pressure (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures in opposition to 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 top of 2019 however the deadline was prolonged afterward as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
With Pakistan’s continuation within the ‘gray listing’, the nation could discover it tough to get monetary help from the Worldwide Financial Fund, the World Financial institution and the Asian Improvement Financial institution, thus additional enhancing issues for the cash-strapped nation.
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