Hafiz Saeed, 12 other JuD leaders booked for terror financing
By Asif Chaudhry
LAHORE: Top 13 leaders of the banned Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), including its chief Hafiz Saeed and Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, have been booked in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money laundering under the AntiTerrorism Act, 1997.
The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), which registered the cases in hve cities of Punjab, declared that the JuD was financing terrorism from the massive funds collected through nonprofit organisations and trusts including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc.
These non-profit organisations were banned in April as the CTD during detailed investigations found that they had links with the JuD and its top leadership, accused of financing terrorism by building huge assets/properties from the collected funds in Pakistan.
Finally, 23 FIRs were registered against JuD leaders at the CTD police stations of Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan, Faisalabad and Sargodha on July 1 and 2.
Besides the top two JuD leaders, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Ameer Hamza, Mohammad Yahya Aziz, Mohammad Naeem, Mohsin Bilal, Abdul Rageeb, Dr Ahmad Daud, Dr Muhammad Ayub, Abdullah Ubaid, Mohammad Ali and Abdul Ghaffar were also booked in the cases.
`Formal investigations on a large scale have been launched against the top leadership of the JuD for terror financing after the registration of FIRs against them during the last two days,` said a spokesperson for the CTD, Punjab.
According to the of ficial, substantial and irreversible punitive/ legal action has been taken against them by the state, making these organisations `fully dysfunctional`.
He explained that action was taken against them in connection with implementation of UN sanctions imposed on the JuD, L ashkar-i-Taiba and Falah-iInsaniyat Foundation (FIF) besides their designated entities and leadership as directed by the National Security Committee (NSC) in January 2019 under the National Action Plan.
The CTD took months to collect evidence against the banned outfits regarding terror unancing and assets/ properties which had already been seized by the state.
`These assets/non-profit organisations have already been taken over by the government in compliance with UN sanctions,` he added.
He said the suspects had committed multiple offences of terror financing and money laundering and would be prosecuted in antiterrorism courts.