Close aides of Hafiz Saeed convicted in terror financing case

Lahore, August 28

An Anti-terror courtroom (ATC) on Friday convicted three high leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) in varied instances of terror financing.

As per the decision of the ATC courtroom, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki and Hafiz Abdul Salam have been discovered responsible of utilizing the premises and names of various organisations to facilitate terror financing.

The courtroom awarded imprisonment of 16 years and 6 months with a nice of Rs 150,000 to Hafiz Abdul Salam and Malik Zafar Iqbal whereas Abdul Rehman Makki was sentenced to 1.5 years in jail with a nice of Rs 20,000.

It is vital to notice that Malik Zafar Iqbal and Hafiz Abdul Salam have been handed out 16.5 years in jail as they’re designated terrorists on the UN sanctions checklist whereas Abdul Rehman Makki’s title isn’t on the UN checklist and has been awarded a sentence of 1.5 years.

Abdul Rehman Makki, the brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed was arrested by the ATC and despatched to Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore together with Abdul Salam, whereas Zafar Iqbal was despatched to Sheikhupura jail.

ATC-III choose Ejaz Ahmed Buttar carried out the case proceedings in varied instances filed by the Counter Terrorism Department of the Punjab province.

It is pertinent to say that whereas listening to the JuD leaders’ petition difficult their conviction by the ATC, the Lahore High Court had granted bail to Abdul Rehman Makki and Abdul Salam and in addition a discount of their sentence on 13 August, 2020.

The Lahore High Court lowered their sentence to one-year imprisonment for terror financing.

 The Lahore courtroom granted bail to the JuD leaders and ordered their launch.

 However, the newest ATC verdict of Friday has brushed apart the Lahore courtroom’s verdict, ordering quick arrest of each leaders from the premises of the courtroom and sending them straight to jail.

The counter terrorism division of the Punjab province had registered no less than 23 instances in opposition to the JuD management, together with their affiliate organisations Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the charity umbrella organisation Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF).

The instances have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan throughout July 2019, alleging unlawful assortment of funds for terror financing by means of belongings and properties made and held within the names of trusts and non-profit organisations. 

The names getting used to shelter and conceal terror financing funds below charity have been Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawat-ul-Irshad Trust, Maaz-bin-Iqbal Educational Trust, Al Hamd Trust and Al Madina Foundation Trust. 

Leaders of JuD booked for terror financing embrace Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Abdul Rehman Makki, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yahya Aziz, Muhammad Naeem Sheikh, Mohsin Bilal, Abdul Raqeeb, Dr Ahmed Daud, Dr Muhammad Ayub, Abdullah Ubaid, Muhammad Ali, Abdul Ghaffar and others.


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