Indictment postponed for alleged Mumbai attacks' mastermind

Chief of the proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization Hafiz Saeed is taken to an Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore on Dec. 7, 2019. (Supplied)
Updated 07 December 2019

Indictment postponed for alleged Mumbai attacks' mastermind

  • JUD chief's indictment on terror financing charges will now take place on Dec. 11
  • Pakistan is striving to convince FATF it is doing its best to curb illicit financial flows

LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court on Saturday could not indict Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of the proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization, since one of his co-accused, Hafiz Zafar Iqbal, could not be brought before the judge by the authorities.
Saeed’s indictment on terror financing charges was expected on December 7, but the court adjourned the case against him after instructing the authorities to produce all accused individuals on the next hearing.
“Hafiz Saeed was produced before the court but the proceedings were adjourned till December 11,” his lawyer, Imran Fazal Gill, told Arab News. “The prosecution had not attached scrutiny report with the challan. The co-accused, Hafiz Zafar Iqbal, could not be produced in the court since he had to attend the proceedings of another case in Gujranwala. That deferred the indictment process.
Saeed was brought to the court amidt high security from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. It is worth mentioning that the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police has registered 23 complaints against the JuD chief and his accomplices on terror financing charges in various cities of the province.
According to the authorities, Saeed collected funds using various trusts and non-profit organizations to finance terrorism. Under pressure from the international community, Pakistan has been probing JuD and its affiliate organizations.
Saeed is accused of being the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that claimed about 160 lives in India’s commercial capital. The United Nations Security Council, through a resolution, put sanctions on his organization and declared its office bearers as terrorists.
Implementing the UN resolution, Prime Minister Imran Khan recently directed the authorities to implement the National Action Plan while chairing the National Security Committee’s meeting. Subsequently, investigations were launched against Saeed and his fellows.
The government also took over the religious seminaries and schools run by the trusts operated by Saeed and the JuD.
Pakistan is striving to come out of the FATF grey list and has told the global watchdog that it is doing everything to curb money laundering and terror financing.

Saudi Arabia, UAE condemn attack on religious seminary in Pakistan

Updated 28 October 2020

Saudi Arabia, UAE condemn attack on religious seminary in Pakistan

  • Tuesday bombing in Peshawar killed at least eight students and injured more than 130 others
  • UN office says shares in Pakistan’s “shock and grief” over attack on place of prayer and learning

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia has condemned Tuesday’s bombing in Pakistan on a religious seminary in which at least eight students were killed and more than 130 others injured. 

The bombing happened as a prominent religious scholar was delivering a lecture about the teachings of Islam in the main hall of the Jamia Zubairia madrassa, police told media, adding that initial investigations suggested the bomb went off minutes after someone left a bag at the school.

“We condemn and denounce the terrorist attack that took place in a religious school,” the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad said in a Twitter post. “We reiterate our rejection of these criminal acts that are inconsistent with all religious principles and all moral and human values.”

In a separate tweet, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Islamabad also condoled with Pakistan: 

“Shocked to learn the tragic blast in Peshawar city this morning, sincere condolences and sympathies to our brothers in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, wishing speedy recovery for the wounded, security and stability for the brotherly Pakistani people.”

The United Nations office in Pakistan said it shared in the “shock and grief” of the people of Pakistan. 

“We are appalled by this attack on children while they were in a place of prayer and learning,” the UN said in a statement.