New Delhi: Damned terrorist Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks and head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, was sentenced on Friday to a total of 31 years in prison in two separate cases by Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court. The court also ordered the confiscation of all of his assets.
The 71-year-old Saeed was convicted and sentenced in two cases related to the financing of terrorism by Judge Ijaz Pater of the Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan.
According to the Pakistan Daily, the mosque and school that Saeed is accused of building will also be seized. He was also fined 3,40,000 Pakistani rupees.
Jamaat-ud-Dawa, led by Saeed, is believed to be the front organization of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist group responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people.
The US Treasury has designated Saeed a global terrorist. It was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.
In November 2021, the Lahore High Court overturned a lower court’s conviction and acquitted six senior leaders of the Mumbai attack organization, the banned Mumbai attack mastermind Saeed in the terrorism financing case.
The Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore in April 2021 had sentenced to nine years in prison each of the senior leaders of the House of Representatives Professor Malik Zafar Iqbal, Yahya Mujahid (the group’s spokesman), Nasrallah, Samiullah and Omar Bahadur – and six months imprisonment for Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki ( Saeed’s brother-in-law) after the FIR was registered by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police.
(with input from PTI)
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