26/11 terrorist Hafiz Saeed has been convicted by a Pakistan court in terror financing cases and sent to jail for five years, news agency ANI reported today.
Hafiz Saeed, the founder the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and chief of the Jamaat-ud-Daawa, was banned by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.
Hafiz Saeed faces 23 terror cases in Pakistan. Despite India’s dossier of terror cases against him, he was allowed to roam freely in Pakistan and address anti-India rallies with impunity.
Pakistan had filed terror charges against Hafiz Saeed following sustained international pressure. He was charged with multiple offences of terror financing and money laundering in a First Information Report filed by the Counter Terrorism Department of Pakistan’s Punjab Police.
In 2017, Hafiz Saeed and his four aides were detained by the Pakistan government under terror laws. But they were released after nearly 11 months when the Judicial Review Board of Punjab refused to extend their confinement further.