Published On: Fri, Feb 14th, 2020
Published in Category: International

Arrest of Hafiz Saeed, aide ‘a step forward’ for Pakistan in combating terror financing: Alice Wells

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WASHINGTON: Chief United States diplomat for South Asian affairs Alice Wells on Thursday hailed the conviction of banned Jamatud Dawa Pakistan leader Professor Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and his aide Malik Zafar Iqbal as a “step forward” for Pakistan.

Alice Wells, in a tweet by the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs early Thursday, said that the conviction was a step forward, “both toward holding the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) accountable for its crimes and for Pakistan in meeting its international commitments to combat terrorist financing”.

The ATC had on Wednesday convicted Hafiz Saeed and his associate Malik Zafar Iqbal on terror charges.

Iqbal, a close aide of Saeed, was also sentenced to five and a half years each in both cases. He was the secretary of the Al-Anfaal Trust, also run by the JuD. The convicts were facing Sections 11-F(2) , 11-N, 11-H, 11-K of Anti-terrorism Act in both FIRs.

The court awarded six months jail to Saeed and Zafar under 11-F(2) ATA (being a member of a banned outfit and supporting and arranging meetings of a proscribed organisation) in FIR no 30/2019 registered by the CTD Lahore.

In the same FIR, the convicts have been awarded five-year jail term under Section 11-N ATA (money laundering, illegal fundraising and buying properties from raised funds).

In FIR No 32/2019 registered by the CTD Gujranwala, the JuD leadership was awarded five months jail term under Section 11-F2 ATA (member of a banned outfit, arranging activities of organisation and extending support). Five-year jail term was awarded in this FIR under 11-N-ATA. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 to both the convicts in each case.

Both the sentences would run concurrently and the convicts have been given benefit of Section 382-B of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). This means that both convicts will have to undergo only five and a half years jail term and the time of their jail term will start from the date of arrest.