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26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed sentenced to 31 years in jail by Pak court

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Islamabad, Apr 08: Pakistan anti-terrorism court sentences 26/11 mastermind and banned Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to 31 years in jail, according to local media.

Hafiz Saeed

Anti-terrorism court (ATC) judge Ejaz Ahmad Bhuttar handed down 32 years jail term to Saeed in two FIRs - 21/2019 and 90/2019 registered by the Counter Terrorism Department of Punjab Police, a court official told PTI.

"In the 21/19 and 99/21, he was sentenced for 15.5 years and 16.5 years, respectively," the official added.

The court also imposed a fine of PKR 340,000 on Saeed.

He said Saeed was brought to the court from the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore where he has been imprisoned since 2019 in strict security.

Earlier in five such cases, the 70-year-old radical cleric had already been convicted for 36 years imprisonment.

The total sentence of 68 years imprisonment will run concurrently. Saeed may have to spend not many years in jail because his sentence will run concurrently, a lawyer told PTI.

Saeed-led JuD is the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

He was listed under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures against terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and using its territory to carry out attacks in India.

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