Pakistani anti-terrorism court sentences 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to 10 years in jail in two terror cases

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Lahore on Thursday also sentenced three other leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawa, including Saeed's two close aides — Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid — to 10 and a half years each, while his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki was sentenced to six months imprisonment

Press Trust of India November 19, 2020 16:38:39 IST
Pakistani anti-terrorism court sentences 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to 10 years in jail in two terror cases

Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan. PTI

Lahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in two more terror cases.

Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist whom the US has placed a $10 million bounty on, was arrested on 17 July last year in the terror financing cases. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in February this year in two terror financing cases. He is lodged at Lahore's high-security Kot Lakhpat jail.

"The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Lahore on Thursday sentenced four leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawa, including its chief Hafiz Saeed, in two more cases," a court official told PTI.

Saeed and his two close aides — Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid — have been sentenced to 10 and a half years each, while JuD chief's brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

"Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta of ATC Court No. 1 heard the case No. 16/19 and 25/19 filed by Counter Terrorism Department in which the verdict has been announced after the statements of witnesses were cross-examined by Naseeruddin Nayyar and Mohammad Imran Fazal Gul Advocate," the official said.

A total of 41 cases have been registered by the CTD against the JuD leaders, out of which 24 have been decided while the rest are pending in the ATC courts.

Four cases have been decided against Saeed so far. Saeed-led JuD is the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. He was listed under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.

Updated Date:

also read

Joe Biden's first year: 'I didn't expect 'healing role' as first lady', says Jill Biden
World

Joe Biden's first year: 'I didn't expect 'healing role' as first lady', says Jill Biden

Jill tied the knot with Joe Biden less than five years after his first wife and infant daughter were killed in a 1972 automobile crash, and at age 26 she became a mother to his two surviving young sons

US inflation at 40-year high pressures consumers, Federal Reserve and Joe Biden
World

US inflation at 40-year high pressures consumers, Federal Reserve and Joe Biden

The Labor Department reported Wednesday that a measure of inflation that excludes volatile food and gas prices jumped 5.5% in December, also the highest in decades

No way to eradicate COVID-19, US on 'threshold' of living with virus, says Dr Fauci
World

No way to eradicate COVID-19, US on 'threshold' of living with virus, says Dr Fauci

"There's no way we're going to eradicate this" virus, he said, given its contagiousness, its propensity to mutate into new variants and the large pool of unvaccinated people