Hafiz pleads not guilty to terrorism charges
Alleged mastermind of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, Hafiz Saeed, pleaded not guilty on Friday in a second case on charges of financing terrorism, a government prosecutor and a defence lawyer said.
Saeed, who was indicted on similar charges in another case on December 11, was presented in an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, prosecutor Abdur Rauf Watto said.
Defence lawyer Imran Gill said the second case was related to Saeed’s charity operations. “The militant charities the accused ran collected illegal funds,” Watto said.
Saeed is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group blamed by the US and India for the four-day Mumbai siege in which 160 people were killed. Foreigners, including Americans, were among the dead.
Pakistan’s counterterrorism police arrested Saeed in July, days before a visit to US by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The indictments came ahead of a meeting of the financial watchdog Financial Action Task Force. Reuters