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Day after Hafiz Saeed gets 10 years in jail, 2 more aides jailed in militancy case

Day after Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in two militancy cases along with two of his associates by Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Lahore Pakistan, two more aides were jailed by the court.

On Friday, the ATC court sentenced six and five-and-a-half years of imprisonment to JuD leaders Muhammad Ashraf and Lucman Shah and the Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on each of them, a Delhi-based news  agency PTI reported.

Earlier on Thursday, the 70-year-old JuD chief was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in two militancy cases by ATC.  Saeed’s two close aides — Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid — were sentenced to 10 and a half years each, while his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki was sentenced to six months of imprisonment in the same cases.

Saeed, a UN designated militant whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was arrested on July 17 last year in the militancy financing cases. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in February this year in cases. The JuD chief is lodged at Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail.

The report said that total of 41 cases have been registered by Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department against the JuD leaders, out of which 24 have been decided while the rest are pending in the ATC courts. Four cases have been decided against Saeed so far.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist”. He was listed under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008, the report mentioned.

 

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