Pakistani court jails militant leader over terror charges

2021-01-08 21:35:26 GMT2021-01-09 05:35:26(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- A senior leader of a banned militant group was sentenced to five years in jail concurrently on three counts, by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Friday, in a terror financing case.

Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, leader of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the group accused of planning the 2008 attacks in the Indian commercial center of Mumbai that had killed over 160 people, was accused of collecting funds for his outfit and financially helping terrorists.

Lakhvi, convicted by a court in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, was arrested on charges of terror financing on Saturday.

Judge Ijaz Ahmad, who delivered the verdict, ruled that the convict can appeal against the decision.

The Counter-Terrorism Department in Punjab had registered cases against Lakhvi, who India had suspected as a mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.

The court also ordered the arrest of Lakhvi's accomplice Abu Anas Mohsin, who was collecting donations for terror financing while running a dispensary.

The Pakistani government had banned the JuD and its charity arm the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation in 2019 by prohibiting individuals and companies from making donations to the two organizations. Enditem