New Delhi, July 13: Exposed to the core, the terrorists and all the terror funding organisations have come out in open highlighting the culprits and busting their unholy nexus of spreading hatred among the masses. One of the main culprits and mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack Hafiz Saeed on Friday challenged terror financing cases against him in the Lahore High Court. He filed the petition along with seven others, and named the federal government, the Punjab government and the Counter Terrorism Department as respondents in the plea.
Earlier this month, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police, in a major crackdown against terror financing, had registered 23 FIRs against 13 leaders of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) including its chief Saeed in different cities of Punjab province.
Trying to safeguard the terrorist, the petition stated that Hafiz Saeed and other (petitioners) are not members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as per the (earlier) judgement of the LHC. The petitioners have no nexus with LeT or Al-Qaeda. They belong to JuD and they are not involved in any terrorist activity and they are only working for social welfare like ‘Edhi’ and more than that they are also educating the poor and the need.
It further added that the Indian lobby made allegations against them (Saeed and others) that they are involved in Mumbai attacks but there is no such evidence or even any linkage born out from the said documents against the petitioners. There is no evidence that the petitioners are involved in ant-state activities and security risk. The plea further urged the court to declare the FIRs registered against them as null and void.
Notably, the CTD’s action against Saeed and his six aides came following pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which last year placed Pakistan on its “grey list” of countries with inadequate controls over money laundering and terrorism financing. The watchdog gave Pakistan an October deadline to improve its efforts against terror financing.
The CTD said a large-scale investigation had been launched into the finances of proscribed organisations JuD, LeT and FIF in connection with the implementation of UN sanctions against these designated entities and persons under the directives of the National Security Committee in its meeting on January 1 this year chaired by PM Imran Khan for implementing the National Action Plan.