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Pakistan books 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed

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Published on July 06, 2019 with No Comments

Pakistani authorities have booked 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his 12 accomplices for terror funding in 23 cases, amidst growing international pressure on Islamabad to act against militant groups.

Pakistan counter-terrorism department said it has registered 23 cases against the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and 12 aides for using five trusts to “raise funds for terrorism financing”. The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan’s Punjab province filed cases against Jamat-ud-Dawa (JUD) chief Hafiz Saeed and other members of his organisation. This comes after Punjab CTD launched second phase of crackdown against banned outfits, operating in the Punjab province.

The cases have been registered under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). The charity organisations listed in the cases are: Dawat Irshad Trust;  Moaz Bin Jabal Trust; Al-Anfaal Trust; Al-Madina Foudation Trust and Al-Hamd Trust

The organisations have been operating in major cities including Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan.  Details of the cases reveal that these individuals have been involved in raising funds to facilitate terror activities. Operating under the umbrella of charities, these organisations have been funneling funds to terror suspects and promoting terrorism.

It is pertinent to note that Pakistan government imposed a ban on Jamat-ud-Dawa (JUD) and its charity front Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), after enlisting them in its list of banned outfits. The move was in live with United Nation (UN) list of banned outfits and individuals, which has had these organisations and individuals in its blacklist for some time.

JUD Chief Hafiz Saeed is accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks with a 10 million dollar bounty on his head, sanctioned by the United States.


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