India’s dangerous declared man Hafiz Saeed sentenced in terror financing

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LAHORE (ENNS/MD) An Anti-terrorism court in Lahore convicted Jamatud Dawa leader Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in two terror-financing cases here on Wednesday.

He has been awarded a prison sentence of five and a half years and a fine of Rs15,000 in each case. The sentences of both cases will run concurrently.

Saeed was convicted under Anti-Terrorism Act ATA 1997 Section 11-F (2) and 11-N. The court directed authorities to keep Saeed under custody until further orders.

The court had earlier reserved its verdict in the two cases on February 6. ATC judge Arshad Hussain Bhatta announced the verdict.

The cases were filed by the Counter-Terrorism Department’s (CTD) Lahore and Gujranwala centers. The case filed by CTD’s Gujranwala was initially being heard in a Gujranwala ATC but was shifted to Lahore on the directions of the Lahore High Court.

India and America had declared Saeed a dangerous person and were demanding action against him since long time.

The JuD chief was arrested by CTD in July last year, while he was travelling from Lahore to Gujranwala. Prior to his arrest, 23 first information reports had been registered against JuD leaders, including Saeed and JuD Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, at CTD police stations of Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan, Faisalabad and Sargodha in July 2019.

According to the CTD, JuD was financing terrorism from the massive funds collected through non-profit organisations and trusts including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc.

These non-profit organisations were banned in April last year as the CTD, during detailed investigations, found that they had links with the JuD and its top leadership.

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