Pakistani court formally charges Hafiz Saeed with terror financing

2008 Mumbai Attacks mastermind, Hafiz Saeed, has been charged by a Pakistani court with terror financing.

The indictment came ahead of a meeting of global terror funding watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) early next year to decide whether to blacklist Pakistan on failure to curb terror financing.

The charges were read as Saeed was present in the anti-terrorism court, government prosecutor Abdur Rauf.

On July 17, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the police in Pakistan’s Punjab registered 23 FIR (First Information Reports) against Saeed on charges of “terror financing” in different cities of Punjab province and arrested the Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief.

He is currently lodged at the Kot Lakhpat jail.

Under pressure from the international community, the Pakistani authorities have launched investigations into matters of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jamat-ud-Dawah and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) for their holding and use of trusts to raise funds for terror funding.