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Pakistani Court Indicts Hafiz Saeed, Accused in Mumbai Attacks, in Terror Funding Case

© AP Photo / B.K. BangashHafiz Saeed, the leader of the Islamic State terror group in Afghanistan
Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Islamic State terror group in Afghanistan - Sputnik International
New Delhi (Sputnik): Hafiz Saeed, chief of the outlawed Jamat-ud Dawa, earlier known as Lashkar-e-Taiba, has remained under house arrest for months. Saeed is the mastermind behind several terror attacks in India, including the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

A Pakistani court on Friday indicted the alleged Mumbai terror attack mastermind and chief of the banned terror outfit Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD), Hafiz Saeed, in a significant terror funding case on Friday.

The anti-terror court in Gunjarwala in its order said that Saeed had been using shell organisations to fund his terror activities. Saeed is wanted in India related to several terror attack cases.

This is Saeed's third known Indictment in the 11 cases that were registered against him on 3 July 2019 by the country's Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).

The court found enough evidence against the JuD chief to indict him under the 1997 Anti-Terrorism Act.

The Indictment came a day after India and the US asked Pakistan to take "immediate and irreversible action" to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorism against other countries.

The US had announced a bounty of $10 million for providing evidence leading to the conviction of UN-designated global terrorists earlier this year. 

The two countries, in discussing strategic and defence co-operation, also asked Pakistan to take concerted action against all terrorist networks, including; al-Qaeda, ISIS, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Haqqani Network, Hizb-ul Mujahideen, and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, according to a Joint Statement issued after the 2+2 Dialogue between India and the US.

Pakistan's Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) had registered cases in five cities in Punjab province. They accused the JuD of financing terrorism from massive funds collected through non-profit organisations and trusts including the Al-Anfaal Trust, the Dawatul Irshad Trust, the Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, and others.

After stern action by the Imran Khan government against proscribed groups in April this year, 23 FIRs were registered against JuD leaders at the CTD police stations of Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan, Faisalabad and Sargodha on 1 July and 2 July.

These cases were registered under the action carried out by the counter-terror agency under the National Action Plan, established by the Government of Pakistan in January 2015 to crack down on terrorism.

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