India26/11 Chief Planner Hafiz Saeed jailed for 31 years in Pakistan

26/11 Chief Planner Hafiz Saeed jailed for 31 years in Pakistan


Islamabad: A Pakistani court has sentenced Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, to life in prison. Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court has sentenced a man to 31 years in prison.

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Hafiz Saeed is the leader of the Jamaat – ud – Dawa, a Pakistan – based terrorist organization. He has been convicted in two cases.

In addition to imprisonment, the court also ordered the confiscation of his property. A fine of Rs 3,40,000 was also imposed.

A mosque and a madrassa allegedly built by Hafiz Saeed will also be taken over, according to reports.

Saeed, 70, has already received a similar sentence. In 2020, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was sentenced by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court to life in prison for money laundering.

Earlier, India had demanded his extradition. However, Pakistan opposed it.

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He was arrested in 2019, just before the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to the US. US President Donald Trump later tweeted that Saeed had been taken into custody after a 10-year search.

Saeed, who was on his way to Gujranwala from Lahore to appear before an anti-terrorism court, was arrested by the Punjab Anti-Terrorism Squad (CTD).

Meanwhile, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee noted that Saeed has been arrested and released eight times since 2001. The November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks killed 166 people, including foreigners.

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In 2017, Hafiz Saeed and his four accomplices were taken into Pakistani custody but were released after about 11 months in jail when the Punjab Judicial Review Board refused to extend their detention.

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