Pukhtun Nama Web News
Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court has sentenced two leaders of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a militant group based in Pakistan, to 16 years in prison and one to a year and a half in prison on charges of financing terrorists.
Judge Ijaz Ahmed has heard the case of financing terrorism against three leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawa in the Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore, the capital of Punjab.
According to Dawn, the judge sentenced Hafiz Abdul Salam and Professor Zafar Iqbal, two leaders of the extremist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, to 16 and a half years in prison and fined them 1.7 lac rupees each.
Abdul Rahman Maki was also sentenced to one and a half years in prison and fined Rs 20,000
During the hearing, more than ten witnesses were presented to the Anti-Terrorism Court, who were cross-examined by the lawyers of the imprisoned leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
The men were accused of using madrassas and mosques to finance terrorists.
In February this year, the court sentenced Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed and Malik Zafar Iqbal to five and a half years in prison in two similar cases.
Some analysts believe that the Pakistani government, security agencies and courts have taken swift action against illegal armed and extremist groups in the past few months, saying that this is in line with the FATF’s demands to ban terrorists from Pakistan. Wants to shut down financial resources.
This is the third conviction in recent days for financing terrorists. On June 18, the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court convicted four leaders of the internationally known terrorist group Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
But the State Department US in recent days has reiterated in its annual report that Pakistan has not taken action against terrorists involved in armed attacks in India and Afghanistan.