Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai attack, was sentenced by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan to five-and-a-half-year imprisonment in two cases on Wednesday. The banned outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa Ganga has been sentenced by the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court in two cases of terror funding. In both cases, five-and-a-half-and-a-half years have been sentenced to imprisonment, which will run concurrently. A fine of Rs 15,000 has also been imposed on him.
A total of 29 cases of terrorist funding, money laundering and illegal possession are registered against Hafiz. The decision on Hafiz comes at a time when Pakistan is under threat of being included in the FATF blacklist. At the same time, it is a major victory for India, which has been fighting for the last 11 years to put Hafiz in the grip of law. Here, the world-famous Pakistan as the father of terrorism fears that if it is included in the FATF blacklist, it will be more difficult to recover its sinking economy.
India got America's support
India has raised the talk of terror in Pakistan from time to time in the United Nations. There has also been full support of the US, which recently appealed to speed up the case against Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz. In December, charges were framed against Hafiz and his three close associates - Hafiz Abdul Salam bin Muhammad, Muhammad Ashraf and Zafar Iqbal, which was welcomed by the US.
Then the acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia of the US, Alice G. Wells, said, 'We appeal to Pakistan to stop funding terrorism and In order to punish the perpetrators of terrorist attacks like 26/11, they should be prosecuted in full accordance with their international obligations and get speedy trial. '
Pak scaring FATF
The International Action Task Force (FATF), an international monitoring agency that monitors the funds provided to terrorism, has put Pakistan on its gray list and was under threat of being blacklisted. He was warned that if the financing of terrorism is not controlled by February, he will be blacklisted. From then on, the Imran Khan government of Pakistan started tightening Hafiz. However, recently FATAP has expressed satisfaction over the efforts made by Pakistan to act on terrorist groups while giving great relief to Pakistan. There is a possibility that Pakistan may come out of the gray list next month. The court's verdict against Hafiz is being linked to that.
It is noteworthy that on 26 November 2008, there was an attack by 10 Lashkar terrorists in Mumbai, the economic capital of India, in which more than 160 people were killed and 300 people were injured. Many areas were targeted that day, including Mumbai's CST railway station, Mumbai's majestic Taj Mahal and the Trident Hotel. Foreign citizens were also among those who died. After this incident, Hafiz was blacklisted by the US and declared a reward on him.