The mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, Hafeez Saeed, has been sentenced to 10 years in two terror cases by a court in Pakistan.
The mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, Hafiz Saeed, has been sentenced to 10 years in two terror cases by a court in Pakistan, news agency PTI reported.
However, this is not the first time that Saeed is sentenced in a terror case by a Pakistani court. Hafiz Saeed and some of his aides, in February, were convicted and sentenced to 11 years in a terror-financing case.
“The anti-terrorism court of Lahore on Thursday sentenced four leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawa, including its chief Hafiz Saeed, in two more cases,” a court official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Saeed, along with his two aides Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid – have been sentenced to 10-and-a-half years each, while his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki has been sentenced to six-month imprisonment.
The notorious leader of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, a front organisation for the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), is wanted in India for planning the attack in Mumbai in 2008 when 10 terrorists killed 166 people and injured hundreds more. Both the United Nations and the US have identified him as “global terrorist”, with the US putting a $10 million bounty on his head.
In July last year, Hafiz Saeed was arrested in Pakistan in connection with terror-financing cases after international pressure built upon Pakistan to come clean. Hafiz is being kept at Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail.
Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global terror financing watchdog, is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures against terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and using its territory to carry out attacks in India.