Pakistani judicial prisons 2 other helpers from Hafiz Saeed in the case of terrorist financing

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Hafiz Saeed’s two close aides, Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid, were each sentenced to 10.5 years

Lahore:

A Pakistani court arrested two other helpers from the Mumbai mastermind and the head of Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD), Hafiz Saeed, in a terrorist financing case on Friday.

The Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) sentenced Muhammad Ashraf and Lucman Shah of JuD to six and five and a half years in prison.

ATC judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta fined each of them a fine of 10,000 rupees.

On Thursday, the 70-year-old JuD boss was sentenced to 10 years in prison by ATC Lahore in two terrorist cases.

Saeed’s two close advisers, Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid, were each sentenced to 10.5 years, while his brother-in-law, Abdul Rehman Makki, was sentenced to six months in prison in the same cases.

Saeed, a United Nations appointed terrorist on whom the US paid a $ 10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17 last year on terrorist financing cases. In February of this year he was sentenced to 11 years in prison by an anti-terrorist court on two terrorist financing cases.

The JuD chief is housed in the maximum security prison Kot Lakhpat in Lahore.

Saeed is wanted in India for planning the 2008 Mumbai attack when 10 Pakistani terrorists killed 166 people, including six Americans, and injured hundreds more.

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The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which oversees the global terrorist finance watchdog, is instrumental in helping Pakistan take action against terrorists who roam freely in Pakistan and use its territory to attack India.

A total of 41 cases have been registered by the Pakistani Counterterrorism Department against the JuD Terrorists, 24 of which have been ruled, while the rest are pending in the ATC courts. So far, four cases have been decided against Saeed.

The conviction of JuD terrorists comes weeks after the FATF kept Pakistan on its gray list until February 2021 because Islamabad failed to meet the agency’s six key commitments, including failure to crack down on two of India’s most wanted terrorists – Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar.

The JuD, led by Saeed, is the front line organization of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack.

The US Treasury Department has identified Saeed as a specially designated global terrorist. It was listed in UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.

The FATF graylisted Pakistan in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement an action plan to curb money laundering and terrorist financing by the end of 2019. However, the deadline was later extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With Pakistan remaining on the gray list, the country may find it difficult to get financial support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union, adding to the problems for the EU exacerbates the nation’s financial difficulties.

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