HAFIZ SAEED IN JAIL
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Hafiz Saeed, head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has been sentenced to jail in Pakistan for five-and-a-half years on terror finance charges.
- He was found guilty of “being part of a banned terrorist outfit” and for “having illegal property” by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore.
- This is the first time that Saeed has been formally convicted of an offence since the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
- LeT is accused of operating with impunity from Pakistani soil to attack Indian security and government targets in Kashmir.
- India accuses Pakistan of supporting armed groups like LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammad that attack Indian targets in Kashmir.
- Pakistan denies the charges, saying it has been acting against all armed groups operating on its soil.
- Saeed is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and heads Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the charitable arm of the LeT group.
- Both the JuD and LeT are banned organisations under Pakistani anti-terrorism law.
- He is an UN-designated terrorist.
- He has a $10 million bounty on his head by the U.S. government.
FATF and Pakistan:
- The sentencing comes days ahead of a crucial meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
- FATF is an intergovernmental organisation combating money laundering and terror financing.
- FATF has put Pakistan on its grey list.
- FATF will be issuing a decision on whether Pakistan has taken sufficient steps to avoid being “blacklisted”, a designation that would come as a blow to the nation’s struggling economy.
- An FATF blacklisting would put in place barriers that would serve to isolate Pakistan’s economy from the international banking system, introducing stricter checks and safeguards on transactions involving the country.
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