India aware of Pakistan court sentencing Hafiz Saeed for 11 years ahead of FATF decision
The Indian government is cautious of Pakistan's move of sentencing 26/11 terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed to jail for 11 years in two terror financing cases.
A day after Pakistan sentenced Hafiz Saeed to 11 years of imprisonment, government sources said, "We have seen media reports that a court in Pakistan has sentenced UN-designated and internationally proscribed terrorist Hafiz Saeed in terror financing case. It is part of a long-pending international obligation of Pakistan to put an end to support for terrorism."
India has also observed that the decision to hold Hafiz Saeed guilty of financing terror comes just days before a crucial meeting of global terror watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris. Pakistan is supposed to present its case at the meeting to escape being blacklisted.
Government sources also said, "The decision has been made on the eve of FATF Plenary meeting, which has to be noted. Hence the efficacy of this decision remains to be seen. It has to also be seen whether Pakistan would take action against other all terrorist entities and individuals operating from territories under its control and bring perpetrators of cross border terrorist attacks, including in Mumbai and Pathankot to justice expeditiously."
Hafiz Saeed, who has been designated a global terrorist by the United Nations, is the head of banned terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa. US has placed a $10 million bounty on Hafiz Saeed and he was arrested on July 17 in the terror financing case.
Hafiz Saeed is now lodged at the high-security Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore.
Pakistan's anti-terrorism court Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta sentenced Saeed and his close aide Zafar Iqbal to five and a half years each and imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 in each case. A total of 11 years sentence will run concurrently.
The crackdown on Hafiz Saeed's outfit last year followed a warning by the international terror financing watchdog to Pakistan to deliver on its commitments to curb terror financing and money laundering.