Chief of the proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed on Friday challenged terror financing cases lodged in opposition to him within the Lahore High Court (LHC), The News Observers reported.
Saeed, together with Amir Hamza, Abdur Rehman Makki, M Yahya Aziz and 4 others filed a plea on the LHC, naming the federal authorities, Punjab authorities and the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) as respondents.
The plea prays upon the court to declare the First Info Report (FIR) registered in opposition to the petitioners null and void. It additional provides that Saeed has no relation with the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Al-Qaeda or some other comparable organisations.
“The accused are usually not concerned in any any actions in opposition to the state. Accusations by the Indian foyer naming Saeed because the mastermind behind Mumbai assaults are usually not based mostly on actuality,” the plea acknowledged.
Earlier this month, Punjab’s CTD, in a serious crackdown in opposition to terror financing, registered 23 instances in opposition to the JuD chief and 12 aides for utilizing 5 trusts to “funnel funds to terror suspects”.
The CTD stated it had registered instances underneath the Anti-Terrorism Act in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan in opposition to the management of banned outfits JuD, LeT and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF).
The transfer follows strain from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which final yr positioned Pakistan on its “gray checklist” of nations with insufficient controls over cash laundering and terrorism financing.
The watchdog gave Pakistan an October deadline to enhance its efforts in opposition to terror financing.
The CTD stated a large-scale investigation had been launched into the funds of proscribed organisations JuD, LeT and FIF in reference to the implementation of UN sanctions in opposition to these designated entities and individuals underneath the directives of the Nationwide Safety Committee in its assembly on January 1 this yr chaired by PM Imran Khan for implementing the National Action Plan