WASHINGTON: On Thursday 13 February 2020, the conviction of Chief of Jamad ud Dawa Hafiz Saeed was welcomed by the United States, who was accused of the terror financing charges.
Alice Wells, the Chief diplomat of the US for South Asian affairs approved the action taken by Pakistan to point out the limit against the terror as mentioned by Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
After the decision, Alice further stated that “Hafiz Saeed’s and his companions’ conviction is a major step in the path of terror, these were resisting the accountability measures of the LeT and to fight for financing the terror for Pakistan in meeting its international committements.
She added “And as Imran Khan has said, it is in the interest of Pakistan’s future that it not allowstat non-e actors to operate from its soil.”
On Wednesday, Hafeez Saeed was convicted by the ATC including its companion Malik Zafar Iqbal on terror charges. He was the closest companion of Hafiz and was given a verdict of five and a half yeats of prison. Zafar Iqbal was also the secretary of Al-Anfaal Trust which is operational by the JuD. In both the FIRs, both of them were facing Sections 11-F(2), 11-N, 11-H, 11-K of Anti-terrorism Act.
Under 11-F(2) ATA, six months of jail was sentenced to Hafiz Saeed and Zafar IqbalThe court awarded six months jail to Saeed and Zafar with FIR no 30/2019 registered by the CTD Lahore. Both of them were awarded five years of jail under Section 11-N ATA under the FIR No 32/2019 registered by the CTD Gujranwala, the JuD leadership was awarded five months jail term under Section 11-F2 ATA . Both of them have to face five and a half years jail after the start of the first term.
Strengethen Islamabad was being heard by the Financial Action Task Force in which Hafiz Saeed was being convicted as he decide to meet giving a mercy on Pakistan’s destiny.
In June 2018, on the grey list Pakistan was put by teh FATF and was given orders to finish it by October 2019 before being placed in the blacklist with North Korea and Iran.
But, in the meeting held in October 2019, the board stated that Pakistan has worked on only five out of twenty seven tasks to control terror funding and money laundering. Pakistan was being ordered to smoothly complete its action plan by February 2020.
Last month, Hammad Azhar, minister for Economic Affair led a team to defend the compliance of Pakistan, during the joint group of FATF in Beijing. The report given to the FATF was submitted by Pakistan to international bureau in review process.