The US Department of State: Hafiz Saeed’s conviction is an important step towards fulfilling Pakistan’s promise.
A special anti-terrorism court has sentenced Hafiz Saeed, the head of the banned outfit Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, to 11 years in total 2 cases.
Apart from Hafiz Saeed the leader of his organization, Zafar Iqbal, has also been sentenced to 11 years in prison in the same cases.
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and his partner Zafar Iqbal have been charged with collecting money for terrorism, illegal funding and being a member of a banned organization.
The court has sentenced the accused to five-and-a-half years imprisonment in the cases registered in Lahore and Gujranwala, while they have also been fined 15 thousand.
Judge Arshad Hussain Bhata sentenced Hafiz Saeed under Anti-Terrorism Section 11-F2 and 11N.
Legal experts say Section 11-F2 is an Anti-Terrorism Act about the association with banned organizations.
Now the reaction of the United States has come on Hafiz Saeed’s conviction.
The US has declared Hafiz Saeed’s conviction an important step in fulfilling Pakistan’s promise.
The US Department of State responds, saying that convicting Hafiz Saeed is a major step which is taken by Pakistan’s government.
“Hafiz Saeed’s conviction is an important step in bringing Lashkar-e-Taiba to justice for his crimes,” US Department of State added.
In February last year, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) warned Pakistan, in keeping with its commitments, to take action against those involved in crimes such as financing terrorists and money laundering.