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Antiterrorism court to indict JuD head Hafiz Saeed on December 7

Antiterrorism court to indict JuD head Hafiz Saeed on December 7 for alleged offences pertaining to terror financing.

The police had booked proscribed Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and other leaders in July for offences pertaining to terror financing.

Antiterrorism court to indict

The ATC Judge Malik Arshad Bhutta hears the said case. After having heard arguments of both sides, he set Dec 7 for next hearing.

Proscribed JuD leaders

Among others, deputy emir Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, Hafiz Abdul Salam bin Mohammad, Professor Zafar Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraf and Mohammad Yahya Aziz, remain prominent.

According to Deputy Prosecutor General Abdul Rauf Watoo, they provided copies of the nearly two dozen cases registered against the JuD leaders.

Prosecution stance

As per the law, after the provision of copies to the court, the trial begins, said DPG Watoo. Furthermore, he noted indictment the first step during trial.

The state’s counsel requested the court to hold daily hearings because they have provided copies.

JuD lawyers arguments

However, the lawyers for the JuD leaders, Naseeruddin Nayyar and Mohammad Imran Gul, sought a week. They argued that they need a week to carefully examine the documents and prepare their arguments.

When the state counsel pressed for daily hearings nonetheless, Judge Bhutta reminded that the law binds to hold a fair trial. In this regard, he also referred to properly prepared arguments. Due to that, he allowed time.

Backgrounder

Terror financing charges

Counter-Terrorism Department booked top 13 leaders of the banned Jamaatud Dawa for terror financing and money laundering.

Most importantly, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and deputy chief Abdul Rehman Makki, others also named in nearly two dozen cases under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

The CTD declared that the JuD was financing terrorism from the massive funds it collected through non-profit organisations and trusts.

It named Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc as the source of terror financing.

Notably, the government had banned these non-profit organisations in April because the CTD found their links with the JuD.

Finally, CTD arrested Hafiz Saeed on July 17, 2019 while he was going to Gujranwala from Lahore.

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