On Wednesday, a Pakistan court convicted 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed for being involved in two terror financing cases. He was given a sentence for five years in jail, said Pakistani media.
Hafiz Saeed is the chief of the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) banned him after the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed. On Tuesday, the anti-terrorism court or ATC accepted a plea of the JuD chief to club all six terror financing cases against him and his aides.
The court indicted Hafiz Saeed and others on December 11 in terror financing case in a day-to-day hearing. “As evidence has been in progress, the court may announce the verdict in six cases, including the ones already concluded once the trial is completed,” the court said in a statement.
Hafiz Saeed faces 23 terror cases in Pakistan. He was allowed to roam freely in Pakistan and address anti-India rallies with impunity in spite of India’s report of terror cases against him.
Hafiz, along with his four aides, was detained by the Pakistan government under terror laws. However, they were set free after nearly 11 months when the Judicial Review Board of Punjab refused to extend their confinement further.