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)