An anti-terrorist court in Pakistan indicted four top leaders of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) in a terrorist financing case on Tuesday. The four are close helpers to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, Hafiz Saeed.
The court sued Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Yayha Aziz and Abdul Salam in one of the cases registered against them for terrorist financing.
However, all four of the accused pleaded "not guilty" and decided to contest the trial.
The court adjourned the proceedings until Wednesday and ordered the prosecutor to produce witnesses against the suspects.
The Punjab Police Department's Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) had registered 23 FIRs against 70-year-old Hafiz Saeed and his accomplices for terrorist financing in various cities in the province.
United Nations-banned terrorist Hafiz Saeed was arrested on July 17, 2019, and is currently in Kot Lakhpat maximum security prison in Lahore, on July 17, 2019.
The JuD, led by Hafiz Saeed, is the front organization of the Lashkar-e-Taiba responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack, which killed 166 people, including six Americans.
The United States named Hafiz Saeed a designated global terrorist, and the United States has been offering $ 10 million since 2012 as a reward for all the information Saeed brings to justice. He was listed as a terrorist in December 2008 in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1267.
In February, the Lahore counterterrorism court sentenced Hafiz Saeed and his close adviser Zafar Iqbal to five and a half years and fined 15,000 rupees in two terrorist financing cases. In both cases, the prison terms run simultaneously.
The United States had welcomed Hafiz Saeed's conviction and described it as an "important step forward" for Pakistan in fulfilling its international commitments to combat terrorist financing and to deny non-state actors from its ground.
Action against Saeed's organization last year followed a warning from the international terrorist financing security guard to Pakistan to honor its commitments to curb terrorist financing and money laundering.