An anti-terrorism courtroom in Pakistan on Tuesday accepted a plea of Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa leader (JuD) Hafiz Saeed to team each of six terror-financing cases against him and his aides, also declare that the verdict completion of the trial.
The anti-terrorism courtroom or ATC had whined Saeed and others on December 11 at terror-financing situation in daily hearing.
“The anti-terrorism court of Lahore admitted the plea of Saeed and his close aides searching delay at the verdict in 2 reasoned terror-financing instances against them until the trial in additional four these pending cases is finished,” a court official told PTI after the hearing.
In accordance with the request, four additional terror-financing instances against Saeed, Zafar Iqbal, Yahya Aziz, Abdul Rehman Makki are pending until the exact same ATC. “As proof continues to be in advance, the court might declare that the verdict in six instances such as those concluded once the trial is finished,” it stated.
The official said that the courtroom later accepting Saeed’s petition, ordered the prosecution to present witnesses in additional four instances contrary to the JuD leaders on Wednesday. “The court will declare the verdict after all witnesses are created and cross examination is completed,” he explained.
The deputy prosecutor general opposed Saeed’s plea and contended that the trial in 2 cases against him and the others has been finished and under the legislation that the court may declare the verdict. He asked the court to deny Saeed’s plea and declare the verdict.
On last Saturday, Lahore ATC judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta had postponed the verdict from Saeed in 2 terror-financing instances until February 11.
Deputy Prosecutor General Abdul Rauf Wattoo advised the Dawn TV that some six instances against Saeed and many others are pending before the exact same court and presentation of proof in staying four instances is in advance.
“Hearing of four remaining cases will probably be completed simultaneously in the end of the week and then the court will issue its verdict,” Mr. Wattoo explained.
Saeed and other JuD leaders were created prior to the ATC in large safety.
From both reasoned instances, the prosecution had generated a few 20 or so witnesses from the ATC who testified against Saeed and his close aides due to their participation in terror-financing.
Saeed has recorded his statement before the court at 2 terror-financing instances against him by which he pleaded”not guilty”.
Cross examination of prosecution witnesses from Saeed and his three close aides from the defence counsel has been concluded.
The Counter Terrorism Department had enrolled 23 FIRs against Saeed and his accomplices on the costs of terror-financing in various towns of Punjab province and arrested him July 17.
The cases have been registered from Saeed and many others in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terrorism funding through assets/properties created and held at the titles of Trusts/Non Profit Organisations such as Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc.
In accordance with the CTD, analysis launched into funding issues of proscribed businesses — JuD and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) — in connection with execution of UN Sanctions against those Designated Entities and Persons according to National Security Committee (NSC) in its meeting of January 1, 2019 chaired by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for implementing the National Action Plan.
“These suspects created assets from capital of terror-financing. They used and held these resources to raise more money for additional terror-financing. They’ll be prosecuted in Anti Terrorism Courts for commission of those offences,” that the CTD explained.
Saeed-led JuD is thought to be the leading organisation to the LeT that’s accountable for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai assault that murdered 166 individuals, including six Americans.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has given Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist and the U.S., as 2012, has provided a USD 10 million reward for information which brings Saeed into justice.
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