Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks has been sentenced to jail in Pakistan for five-and-a-half years on terror finance charges
- Hafiz Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist and head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), was found guilty of “being part of a banned terrorist outfit” and for “having illegal property” by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore.
- The ATC sentenced him and his close aide Zafar Iqbal to five-and-a-half years each and imposed a fine of ₹15,000 in each case. A total of 11 years sentence will run concurrently.
- This is the first time that Saeed has been formally convicted of an offence. He was put under house arrest on a number of occasions.
Important Info :
- The sentencing comes days ahead of a crucial meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organisation combating money laundering and terror financing, that has put Pakistan on its grey list.
- Experts believe that if Pakistan continues to fail to satisfy the FATF and is downgraded to its blacklist, there could be serious financial and diplomatic implications, including an impact on a bailout it’s getting from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Source : The Hindu