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26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed Sentenced To 31 Yrs In Jail By Pak Anti-Terror Court

Judge Ijaz Butter of the anti-terrorism court ruled on the trial's completion. The CTD has filed charges against Hafiz Saeed and others. Prior to this, Hafiz Saeed was sentenced by an anti-terrorism court.

Hafiz Saeed sentenced to 31 years in prison (File Photo)

New Delhi: Dreaded terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief, was on Friday sent to a total of 31 years in prison in two separate cases by a Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Court. The court also ordered the forfeiture of all his assets.

The 71-year-old Saeed was convicted and sentenced in two cases related to terror financing by judge Ijaz Butter of the Pakistani anti-terrorism court.

According to the Pakistan Daily, the mosque and madrasa that Saeed is accused to have built will also be seized. He was also slapped with a fine of Pakistani Rs 3,40,000.

Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the terror outfit responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Global Terrorist. He was listed under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.

In November 2021, the Lahore High Court set aside a trial court’s conviction and acquitted six senior leaders of Mumbai attack mastermind Saeed’s banned JuD in a terror-financing case.

The anti-terrorism court Lahore in April 2021 had handed nine-year imprisonment each to JuD senior leaders Professor Malik Zafar Iqbal, Yahya Mujahid (JuD spokesperson), Nasarullah, Samiullah and Umar Bahadur – and six months jail terms to Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki (brother-in-law of Saeed) after an FIR was registered by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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