LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has handed down greater than 15 years jail time period every to two close 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 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 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 Department of Punjab Police,” a court official instructed PTI on (*15*).
Earlier, the court had handed down a 47-year jail time period to Mujahid in three terror financing instances.
Similarly, Iqbal was sentenced 26 years imprisonment in three such instances.
Both Mujahid and Iqbal will probably be saved in jail for about 15 years as their sentences will run concurrently.
The official mentioned the three convicts had been current in the court when the choose introduced the decision. Strict safety measures had been taken in the course of the look of the JuD leaders in the court.
Last week, Mumbai assault mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operation commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was sentenced to 5 years in jail in a terror financing case, amid mounting worldwide strain on Islamabad to carry to justice terrorists roaming free in 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 totally different cities.
The anti-terrorism court has sentenced Saeed for a collective imprisonment of 36 years on terror finance prices in 5 instances thus far.
The 70-year-old radical cleric’s punishment will run concurrently in these instances. There are stories that he’s given “VIP protocol” in 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 yr in the terror financing instances.
Saeed-led JuD is the entrance organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is accountable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 individuals, together with six Americans.
The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. He was listed beneath the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.
The world terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures in opposition to terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and utilizing its territory to perform 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 top of 2019 however the deadline was prolonged afterward due to Covid-19 pandemic.
With Pakistan’s continuation in the ‘gray checklist’, the nation might discover it tough to get monetary assist from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, thus additional enhancing issues for the cash-strapped nation.