Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed booked for terror financing

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Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed booked for terror financing
Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed booked for terror financing

New Delhi : Under immense international pressure, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed has been booked for terror financing by the Pakistani authorities.

Pakistan's counter-terrorism department said it had launched 23 cases against Hafiz Saeed and 12 aides for using five trusts to collect funds and donations for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), blamed by India and the United States for the attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.

Two banned LeT-linked charities, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), were also targeted, the department said in a statement. "All the assets of these organizations and individuals will be frozen and taken over by the state," Reuters quoted a counter-terrorism senior official who asked not to disclose his name.

The action by Pakistan was in accordance to sanctions by the United Nation; the move follows pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which last year placed Pakistan on its grey list of countries with inadequate controls over money laundering and terrorism financing.

A deadline of October was given to the Pakistan to improve their efforts against terrorism or the country will be blacklisted in the meetings scheduled later this year.

Hafiz Saeed, designated a global terrorist by both the United Nations and the United States, is one of the founders of LeT, or the Army of the Pure. The United States, which has pressured Pakistan to crack down on militant groups, has offered a $10 million reward for evidence leading to his conviction.