Lahore: On Tuesday, an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan declared the transfer of two terror financing cases against 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, to Lahore on his request.
Saeed was arrested on July 17, 2019, in the terror financing cases and has been lodged at the high-security Kot Lakhpat jail. The US has placed a $10 million bounty on the UN-designated terrorist for information that brings Saeed to justice.
Lahore high court Chief Justice, Mamoon Rashid Sheikh held the hearing on the petition of Saeed and Zafar Iqbal, his close aid and secretary of Al-Anfaal Trust.
In his petition, Saeed requested the court to transfer the terror financing cases against him from Multan and Sahiwal cities of Punjab to Lahore so that the anti-terrorism court in Lahore could start hearing the cases against him. The court accepted the plea without raising any objections.
On February 12, Saeed and Iqbal were sentenced to two terror financing cases in Lahore and Gujranwala cities. Anti-terrorism court judge, Arshad Hussain Bhutta sentenced the two to five and a half years each and imposed a fine of Rs. 15,000 in each case. Both the sentences of 11 years will run concurrently. Saeed’s counsel Imran Fazal Gill said that he was disappointed over the ATC verdict and will challenge it in the Lahore high court.
Saeed-led JuD is the front organization for the LeT which was behind the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans. Saeed has been listed as a terrorist under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 since December 2008.