Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court has sent the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) spokesperson Yehia Mujahid of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed to 15 years in prison for terrorism financing. The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) last month sentenced Mujahid to 32 years in two terrorism financing cases. Apart from the Mujahid, ATC Lahore on Wednesday sentenced JUD leader Zafar Iqbal to 15 years and JUD chief Hafiz Saeed’s relative Professor Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki to six months in jail.
Earlier, ATC Lahore had sentenced Iqbal to 26 years imprisonment in three such cases. Judge Ijaz Ahmad Batar of the Anti-Terrorism Court sentenced him in the FIR filed in 2019 under various provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. The three convicts were present in the court when the judge pronounced the sentence. The Punjab Police’s Anti-Terrorism Department (CTD) had registered 41 FIRs against JUD leaders including Saeed in various cases. The lower court has sentenced 25 of these cases.
Saeed has been sentenced to 21 years in four cases under the Anti-Terrorism Court sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. Saeed-led JUD is a front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba. In 2008, 166 people were killed in the Mumbai terror attack, and Lashkar-e-Taiba was blamed for this. The US has put Saeed’s name in the list of terrorists and since 2012 a reward of 10 million dollars has been declared on him.