Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the Mumbai attack and Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, has been sentenced to a total of 15 years in a Terror funding case by a Pakistani court. Recently Lakhvi was arrested on charges of providing funds for terrorist activities. He was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Department ie CTD. Lakhvi was on bail in the Mumbai attack case in 2015, but due to the fear of FATF and international pressure, the Pakistani government finally had to clamp down on him.
Five years of imprisonment for different offenses
In its report, the news agency Reuters has reported that Lakhvi has been sentenced to five years in three different crimes of terrorism funding. Besides, a fine of one lakh has also been imposed. Lakhvi was arrested on charges of providing funds for terrorist activities after an operation on the intelligence of the Punjab Anti-Terrorism Department, or CTD Punjab. Lakhvi was also questioned by the Anti-Terrorism Department or CTD officials in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Mumbai terror attack mastermind
Lakhvi is said to be the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. He played a role in carrying out the entire terrorist attack. According to the report of PTI, under the leadership of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. 166 people were killed in this attack while three hundred people were injured. India is looking for Lakhvi after the Mumbai terror attack. He is also wanted in this terrorist attack in America.
Hearing held in an anti-terrorism court
According to the CTD, Lakhvi is accused of using the funds raised to run a dispensary to fund terrorism. Lakhvi and others collected money raised from this dispensary and used it in Terror funding. The case against Lakhvi was conducted in the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC Lahore).
Lakhvi was declared a global terrorist by the United Nations in 2008 only to be associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and al-Qaeda and to provide funding, planning, and assistance for terrorism, as well as plotting attacks. UN sanctions have provisions such as confiscation of property of declared terrorists and groups, the imposition of travel restrictions. However, later the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council allowed Lakhvi to make monthly payments of Rs 1.5 lakh for personal expenses.
The international pressure is paying off
Taking advantage of this, he was roaming freely in Pakistan and providing funds for the terrorists. It is believed that this step has been taken against Lakhvi (Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi) due to international pressure on Imran Khan’s government to clamp down on terrorists and fear of FATF action. Pakistan has been on the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) since the year 2018 due to terror funding and protection of terrorists.