Hafiz Saeed, the planner of the Mumbai attack, was fined by Pakistan's counter-terrorism court in two terrorist financing cases on Wednesday. Chief Jamat-ud-Dawa will serve two and a half years in prison, each for five and a half years, and will pay two fines of Rs 15,000. He will serve two sentences simultaneously.
It is reported that Lahore's Anti-Terrorism Tribunal (ATC) sued Said and his close aides in two terrorist financing cases. He was in court when the sentence was pronounced. His lawyer, Imran Gill, told AFP he was found guilty of "belonging to a prohibited terrorist organization" and possessing illegal property.
The counter-terrorism unit's case was filed by the counter-terrorism unit's branches in Lahore and Gujranwala. Saeed was arrested by CTD from Lahore to Gujranwala last July. Pakistan's anti-terrorism agency has accused Said's JuD of financing terrorist activities through funds accumulated by various non-profit organizations.
One month before Saeed's arrest, the Financial Action Task Force directed Pakistan to honour its commitments to stop terrorist financing from its territory. In October last year, the Paris-based organization decided to add Pakistan to its gray list and will make a decision on the matter at a meeting that began on February 16.
Saeed has been charged by India and the United States for plotting a devastating terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people, six of whom were Americans. The United States and the United Nations have declared Saeed a global terrorist. His group, Jamat ud Dawa, was seen as the front of the Lashkar-e-Taiba responsible for the attack.