Pakistan-based militant Hafiz Saeed gets five years in jail
Lahore : Pakistan court on Wednesday convicted 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in terror financing cases and awarded him a jail term of five years, according to reports.
Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, has been sentenced in two terror financing cases, reports news agency PTI. Apart from that, he has been also charged with a fine of Rs 15000 in each case.
Hafiz Saeed was found guilty of "being part of a banned terrorist outfit" and for "having the illegal property", his lawyer Imran Gill told news agency AFP.
UNSC had banned Hafiz Saeed after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008 in which 166 people were killed.
In Pakistan, he faces around 23 cases. Despite India's dossier of terror cases against him, he has been seen roaming freely in the nation and was also captured addressing anti-India rallies.
Pakistan had filed terror charges against Hafiz Saeed following sustained international pressure. He was charged with multiple offences of terror financing and money laundering in a First Information Report filed by the Counter-Terrorism Department of Pakistan's Punjab Police.
In 2017, Hafiz Saeed and his four aides were detained by the Pakistan government under terror laws. But they were released after nearly 11 months when the Judicial Review Board of Punjab refused to extend their confinement further.