In two incidents of terror funding, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the leader of the outlawed Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), was sentenced to 32 years in prison by a court of anti-terrorism.
The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) registered two cases (FIR No90 and 91/19) against the leader of the JuD, who was later convicted of these charges.
A member of a prohibited organization, sponsoring and organizing meetings of a prohibited organization, unlawful fundraising, and the purchase of real estate with cash raised were all charges brought against Hafiz Saeed in the court’s opinion.
The court also granted the convict the benefit of Section 382 of the Criminal Procedure Code. On July 3, 2019, thirteen leaders of the JuD were arrested and charged with terror financing and money laundering in violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 1997.
The CTD, which registered the cases in five Punjabi cities, discovered that the JuD was financing terrorism with large sums of money collected through non-profit organizations and trusts, such as the Al-Anfaal Trust, and the Dawatul Irshad Trust, the Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, and others. The CTD also discovered that the JuD was financing terrorism with large sums of money collected through non-profit organizations and trusts, such as the Al-Anfaal Trust
During extensive investigations, the CTD discovered that they had ties to the JuD and its top leadership, which had been accused of financing terrorism by amassing vast assets and properties in Pakistan with the money they had been collecting. The non-profit organizations were barred from operating in April of this year.
The Punjab CTD apprehended Hafiz Saeed on July 17 in Gujranwala on suspicion of financing terrorism, and he was taken into custody. In addition, prominent JuD leaders Ameer Hamza, Mohammad Naeem, Mohsin Bilal, Abdul Raqeeb, Dr. Ahmad Daud, Malik Zafar Iqbal, and Dr. Muhammad Ayub, Mohammad Yahya Aziz, Abdullah Ubaid, Mohammad Ali, and Abdul Ghaffar were arrested.
The leaders of the JuD, on the other hand, allege that they have been involved in the cases because they have been falsely identified as leaders of the proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) organization.
According to the attorney representing the JuD leaders, his clients had left the LeT prior to the organization’s deregistration in 2002. The defense attorney stated that the cases against his clients were brought on the basis of their ties to the defunct Al-Anfaal Trust, which was established to construct mosques throughout the country.
So far, five cases involving Hafiz Saeed have been resolved in his favor. The CTD has filed a total of 41 cases against the leaders of the JuD, of which 31 have been resolved and the remaining cases are pending in the ATC courts. A total of seven cases against the leader of the Islamic State, Hafiz Saeed, have been resolved.