A Pakistani anti-terrorism court docket has sentenced 5 leaders of Mumbai assault mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) to 9 years of imprisonment every in a terror financing case.

Three of them — Umar Bahadar, Nasarullah and Samiullah — have been convicted for the primary time for the reason that Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Lahore pronounced its verdict a while in the past within the terror financing circumstances registered by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab police.

The different two — JuD spokesperson Yahya Mujahid and senior chief Prof Zafar Iqbal — had already been convicted for a few years in different terror financing circumstances.

ATC Lahore Judge Ejaz Ahmad Buttar on Saturday handed down nine-year imprisonment to every 5 of them. The decide additionally ordered a six-month jail time period to Saeed’s brother-in-law Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki in the identical case.

“The court found the JuD/LeT leaders guilty of offence of terrorism financing. They had been collecting funds and unlawfully financing the proscribed organisation, LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba). The court has also ordered confiscation of assets made from funds collected through terrorism financing,” the CTD mentioned.

The JuD leaders have been offered within the court docket amid excessive safety and the media was not allowed to cowl the proceedings.

The CTD of Punjab Police had registered 41 FIRs in opposition to the JuD leaders, together with 70-year-old Saeed, in terror financing circumstances. The trial courts have to this point determined 37 of them.

The ATC had sentenced the LeT founder, Saeed, for a collective imprisonment of 36 years on terror finance expenses beneath sections 11-N of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 in 5 circumstances to this point. Saeed’s jail phrases will run concurrently. That means he won’t keep in jail for a few years. He is serving his time period in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail together with different convicted JuD leaders.

Saeed-led JuD is the entrance organisation for the LeT which is answerable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 folks, together with six Americans.

Saeed, a UN designated terrorist whom the US has positioned a USD 10 million bounty on, was arrested on July 17, 2019 final yr within the terror financing circumstances.

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 ATC Lahore had additionally sentenced LeT operation commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi for a collective imprisonment of 15 years on three counts in a terror financing case. He should serve in jail for 5 years as his sentence in three counts (5 years every) will run concurrently.

The world terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Islamabad to take measures in opposition to terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and utilizing its territory to hold out assaults in India and elsewhere.

The Paris-based FATF positioned Pakistan on the Grey List 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 in a while resulting from Covid-19 pandemic. In February, the FATF retained Pakistan on its Grey List till June.

With Pakistan’s continuation within the ‘gray checklist’, the nation could 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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