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26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed Sentenced To 10-Year Jail In Illegal Funding Case

Mumbai: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief and Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, to 10 years in prison in two more terror cases. Saeed, who was lodged in Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat Jail, was sentenced by an anti-terrorism court in February 2020 to 11 years in prison in two terrorist financing cases.

The court has also ordered that the 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind’s properties should be confiscated.

Moreover, three other members of Jamaat-ud-Dawa have also been given jail terms in the case.

“The Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday sentenced the four leaders of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, including its chief Hafiz Saeed, in two more cases,” PTI was quoted as saying by a court official.

Apart from Saeed, two close associates of the JuD chief – Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid – were each sentenced to 10 and a half years. Abdul Rahman Makki, the brother-in-law of Saeed chief, was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

“Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta of ATC Court No. 1, hearing the cases 16/19 and 25/19 filed by the Counter-Terrorism Department the verdict was given after the statements of witnesses of Naseeruddin Nayyar and Mohammad. Imran Fazal Gul Advocate,” the court official said.

The Anti-Terrorism Department has registered 41 cases against JuD leaders. While the order has been passed in 24 cases, the rest are pending in anti-terrorism courts.

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