Hafiz Saeed held guilty by anti-terrorism court in Pakistan

Tuesday 13th August 2019 16:31 EDT

Islamabad: Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, arrested by Pakistan's Counter-Terrorism Department after booking him in 23 cases, has been held guilty on some of the charges by Anti-Terrorism Court based in Gujranwala. Saeed's case has been shifted to Pakistan's Gujrat for further adjudication, the reports added. The 26/11 terror attack mastermind was arrested by Pakistani authorities on July 17 over charges related to terror financing and was sent to seven days in judicial custody, which was later extended by 14 days - on July 24.

Saeed, a UN-proscribed terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him. On the same day, he was presented before the ATC that sent him on judicial remand for seven days. The CTD on July 3 had registered 23 FIRs against 13 top leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) including Saeed on the charges of "terror financing" in different cities of Punjab province.

US President Donald Trump had hailed Saeed's detention and said it was a result of "great pressure" exerted by his administration on Pakistan in the last two years. Trump has repeatedly asked Pakistan to abide by its UN Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist since 2012.

Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008

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