Lahore: Mumbai assault mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was sentenced to five years in jail on Friday by a Pakistani anti-terrorism courtroom right here in a terror-financing case, amidst mounting worldwide strain on Islamabad to carry to justice terrorists roaming free within the nation.
Anti-Terrorism Court docket (ATC) Lahore Choose Ejaz Ahmad Buttar sentenced UN proscribed terrorist Lakhvi to 5 years of rigorous imprisonment every on three counts with a high-quality of PKR 100,000 (roughly USD 620) every on three counts. His punishment will run concurrently.
“The Anti-Terrorism Court docket (ATC) Lahore convicted Lakhvi for fee of offences of terrorism financing in a case registered by the Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) for 15 years beneath completely different sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, a courtroom official instructed PTI after the listening to.
“In default of fee of high-quality, he should endure an imprisonment of six months every on three counts. He has been despatched to jail to serve the sentences, the official mentioned.
Lakhvi, 61, pleaded earlier than the courtroom that he was falsely implicated on this case and he had no nexus with the LeT or every other proscribed organisation.
He was accused of working a dispensary and utilizing funds collected for terrorism financing.
“He and others additionally collected funds from this dispensary and used these funds for additional terrorism financing. He additionally used these funds for private bills, the CTD mentioned.
The anti-terrorism courtroom additionally directed legislation enforcement companies to arrest the co-accused within the case, Abu Anas Mohsin, as a consequence of availability of ample proof in opposition to him.
In New Delhi, Ministry of Exterior Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned the timing of those actions clearly suggests the intention of conveying a way of compliance forward of APJG (Asia Pacific Joint Group) meet and the following FATF (Monetary Motion Process Pressure) plenary meet in February 2021.
“It has become routine for Pakistan to come up with farcical actions prior to important meetings,” he mentioned when requested in regards to the jail sentence to Lakhvi, and issuance of an arrest warrant in opposition to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar by one other Pakistan courtroom.
“UN proscribed entities and designated terrorists act as proxies for Pakistani establishment to fulfil its anti-India agenda. It is for the international community to hold Pakistan to account and ensure that it takes credible action against terror groups, terror infrastructure and individual terrorists,” Srivastava mentioned.
The US had welcomed Lakhvi’s arrest final week however mentioned Pakistan ought to attempt him for the Mumbai assaults additionally.
“We welcome Pakistan’s arrest of terrorist chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi as an necessary step in holding him chargeable for his function in supporting terrorism and its financing, the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Division mentioned in a tweet.
“We are going to observe his prosecution and sentencing carefully and urge that he be held accountable for his involvement within the Mumbai assaults, it mentioned on Tuesday.
Apparently, Lakhvi was introduced earlier than the Lahore ATC on Friday and was convicted the identical day within the terror financing case registered in opposition to him a while in the past.
The courtroom was instructed that Lakhvi, a resident of Renal Khurd Okara district of Punjab, was residing in Islamabad earlier than his arrest on this case.
Lakhvi, who was on bail since 2015 within the Mumbai assault case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) of Punjab province on Saturday.
He was designated as a worldwide terrorist by the UN in December 2008 for being related to LeT and al-Qaeda and for collaborating within the financing, planning, facilitating, getting ready or perpetrating of acts by, together with, beneath the title of, on behalf or in assist of each the entities.
Final month, the UN Safety Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee allowed for a month-to-month fee of Pakistani Rupee 1.5 lakh for Lakhvi to fulfill his private bills.
The permission was granted 10 days earlier than his arrest. Lakhvi has named his son Hafizur Rehman and brother Saadat Bashir Waheed who would ship him PKR 90,000 and PKR 60,000 respectively in his checking account. He mentioned that his son and brother each have the financial institution accounts in the identical department.
The worldwide terror financing watchdog FATF is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures in opposition to terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and utilizing its territory to hold out assaults in India and elsewhere.
The Paris-based FATF positioned Pakistan on the Gray Checklist in June 2018 and requested Islamabad to implement a plan of motion to curb cash laundering and terror financing by the tip of 2019 however the deadline was prolonged afterward as a consequence of COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, an anti-terrorism courtroom in Gujranwala issued an arrest warrant for banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the fees of terror financing.
The courtroom issued the warrant in opposition to Azhar throughout a listening to in a terror financing case instituted by the CTD of Punjab police in opposition to some members of the JeM.
The LeT, led by Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, is chargeable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 individuals, together with six Individuals.
The UN has named Saeed as a Specifically Designated World Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has provided a USD 10 million reward for data that brings Saeed to justice.