JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and four others indicted in terror financing case on Wednesday.
An anti-terrorism court in Lahore indicted the chief of the proscribed Jamaatud Dawa and 4 other JuD leaders for offences relating to terror financing.
Police booked them in July 2019.
Under strict security protocol, police produced Saeed and his comrades in the court today
During the proceedings, Saeed’s lawyer presented arguments against the indictment.
After filing charges, the court summoned the prosecution’s witnesses.
ATC-I judge Malik Arshad Bhutta, who heard the case, adjourned proceedings until Thursday.
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.