Lahore: Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court convicted five leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), the organization of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, for nine years after being convicted of raising funds for the terrorist activities of the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. Is sentenced to. Three of the five convicts – Omar Bahadar, Nasrullah and Samiullah – have been sentenced for the first time. The Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has given this sentence in a case registered by the Punjab Police Anti-Terrorism Department (CTD) for financing terrorism.
At the same time, two convicts – JUD spokesperson Yahaya Mujahid and senior leader Professor Zafar Iqbal – were also earlier sentenced in terrorism funding cases. ATC Lahore Judge Ejaz Ahmed Buttar on Saturday sentenced the five accused to nine-year imprisonment. The judge also sentenced Hafiz Abdullah Rahman Makki, brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed, to six months imprisonment in the same case.
“The court found the JUD / Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders guilty of financing terrorism,” the CTD said. They were illegally depositing funds for the banned organization (Lashkar-e-Taiba). The court has also ordered forfeiture of properties that have been created from donations collected to finance terrorism. “JUD leaders were produced in the court amid heavy security and the media was asked to cover court proceedings in the meantime.” Permission not granted.
Significantly, the Punjab CTD has filed 41 FIRs against the JUD leaders, among whom 70-year-old Saeed is also an accused. Decision has been arrived in 37 of these cases. The ATC has sentenced LeT founder Saeed to five years of terrorism financing for a total of 36 years, till Section 11N of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. These punishments will run concurrently, so he will not have to stay in jail for long. Currently, he is lodged in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore along with other JUD leaders.
Pakistan again struck a chord, said – India will take back the decision on Article 370 only if trade takes place.