As of now, India is having one of the toughest times in history since 1947. Corona pandemic is consuming the country from within, while Pakistan and China are bothering the borders. Amid all this, Pakistan has restored the bank accounts of the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his four top aides, a media report said.
Earlier, a bounty of USD 10 million was placed on Hafiz Saeed’s head. He was arrested on July 17 last year in the terror financing cases, was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in February this year in two terror financing cases. He is lodged at the Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail. Abdul Salam Bhuttavi, Haji M Ashraf, Yahya Mujahid, and Zafar Iqbal – all on the UN Security Council’s terrorist list were the other members of the JuD and Lashkar-e-Taiba who got their bank accounts restored.
Rest four are currently facing sentences ranging from 1 to 5 years in Lahore jail for terror financing cases filed against them by the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD). “The restoration of bank accounts has taken place following formal approval of the Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council, the paper mentioned. It also added that the JuD leaders had appealed to the United Nations for restoring their bank accounts that they could run their family affairs.
A senior JuD leader said, “Initially we did not want to file an appeal but we were advised to file it as it was difficult for our leaders to run their affairs.” These leaders in their request to the government of Pakistan had also mentioned their financial income and sources of earning. The same was forwarded to the UNSC along with their bank account numbers and other related details, it added.
Saeed-led JuD is the front organization for the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans. He was listed under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. His bank accounts were frozen by the Pakistani government complying with the UNSC resolution.