Islamabad, Jan 10: An Anti-Terrorism Court has summoned Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed to record his closing statement after it wrapped up the trial of two terror financing cases against him.
The trials of both the cases against the JuD leader wrapped up on Thursday, as reported by the Dawn. ATC Judge Malik Arshad Bhutt announced the judgement and the cases were registered by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) over charges of accumulating illegal funding. On July 3, the top 13 leaders of the JuD were booked in nearly two dozen cases pertaining to terror financing and money laundering. On July 17, Saeed was arrested from Gujranwala on charges of terror financing by the Punjab CTD and was sent to prison on judicial remand.
On December 11, Saeed and four other JuD leaders were indicted by the court, six months after they were booked for offences pertaining to terror financing. The JuD leaders denied the allegations against them as being baseless and a result of international pressure on the Pakistan government. They claimed that they have been charged in the cases by wrongly attributing them as leaders of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
In February 2019, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had warned Pakistan to deliver on its commitments to curb terror financing and money laundering. In late February 2019, Pakistan announced a ban on JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation to partially address the concerns raised by India that Pakistan supported these and six similar organisations, including Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), or at least considered them low-risk entities. (UNI)