Islamabad, Dec 11: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Wednesday indicted Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed on terror financing charges.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police on July 17 registered 23 FIRs against Saeed and his accomplices on the charges of “terror financing” in different cities of Punjab province and arrested the Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief. He is detained at the Kot Lakhpat jail.
The indictment came ahead of a meeting of global terror funding watchdog FATF (Financial Action Task Force) early next year to decide whether to blacklist Pakistan on failure to curb terror financing.
The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terror financing through assets made and held in the names of Trusts/Non Profit Organisations (NPO) including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust and Muaz Bin Jabal Trust.
Foreign Ministery spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi last Friday that India had shared all the evidence with Pakistan and it was Islamabad’s responsibility “to take action” against the perpetrators of the attack. Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court then fixed December 11 as date for framing the charges against Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder, and other co-accused Malik Zafar Iqbal.