Pakistan Sentences Hafiz Saeed to 32 Years in Jail

A Pakistani court on Friday sentenced Hafiz Saeed, Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief linked to India’s Mumbai terrorist attacks to 32 years in prison on charges of terror financing.

Pakistan Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) judge Ejaz Ahmad Bhuttar handed down 32 years jail term to Saeed in two FIRs – 21/2019 and 90/2019 registered by the Counter-Terrorism Department of Punjab Police, a court official told PTI.

“In the 21/19 and 99/21, he was sentenced for 15.5 years and 16.5 years, respectively,” the official added. The court also imposed a fine of PKR 340,000 on Saeed.

The sentence is the latest for Hafiz Saeed, who was arrested in 2019. Hafiz, 70-year-old, was sentenced the following year to 15 years again on charges of terror financing and has been serving the jail term at home under government order.

Saeed was designated a terrorist by the US Justice Department and with a $10 million bounty on his head.

The government of India blamed Saeed as the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, and relations between Pakistan and India since then further deteriorated.

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