On terrorism financing charges, Pakistani Islamist Hafiz Saeed is jailed for 11 years on Wednesday, a Pakistani government prosecutor and his lawyer said.
Hafiz Saeed is a wanted terrorist by India and the United States and also the masterminding behind 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Despite denying denies regular accusations of sheltering militants, Pakistan for the first time convicted on terrorism financing charges.
Ahead of a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting of a world financial watchdog, the unprecedented verdict came out. The conference is to determine if Pakistan should be blacklisted to counter-terrorist financing.
Despite pressure from FATF, Pakistan did not take any action against Saeed’s militant group. Instead, charged Saeed for collecting funds for his organization in Dec. Further, the United Nations listed his terrorist organization for which Saeed sought funds. However, Saeed pled not guilty.
India and the United States blamed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) or the Army of the Pure for the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack. 160 innocent people, including Americans and other foreigners, assassinated in the attack. Saeed is the head of LeT, according to sources.
Praising the verdict, the U.S. State Department posted on Twitter.
Denying the accusations, Saeed justifies that his network spans in 300 seminars, hospitals, schools, publishing houses and ambulance service. He adds that none of them has ties with militant groups.
Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) fund all his services.
To impress FATF and under pressure from the West, Pakistan has been taking illegal and unconstitutional actions against Saeed and the groups.
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