Hafiz Saeed guilty of terror financing, says Pakistan
Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed was declared guilty of “terror financing” by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in a Pakistani court on Wednesday.
Saeed, a UN designated terrorist on whom the US has placed a $10 million bounty, was presented before the Anti-Terrorism Court, Gujranwala, 80km from Lahore.
A CTD official said it submitted a challan in the ATC declaring Saeed guilty of terror financing.
“Since the case is related to Mandi Bhauddin district of Punjab therefore the prosecution requested the court to shift it to Gujrat ATC court (200km from Lahore),” he said.
On the prosecution’s request, the ATC Gujranwala shifted the case to the Gujrat ATC. He said next hearing of the case (which is yet to be fixed) will be held in the Gujrat ATC.
Saeed was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested on July 17. Saeed is being kept at the Kot Lakhpat jail Lahore in high security.
The US department of the treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a $10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Toiba.