A Pakistani court sentenced Lakshar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed to five and a half years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Pakistani Rs. 30,000 concerning two terror financing cases on Wednesday. Saeed is alleged to be the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The financial action task force had given Pakistan 27 targets of which it failed to deliver 22. It had then warned Pakistan that they would be blacklisted if it fails to achieve the target within four months. It is noteworthy that the decision comes two days before the plenary of the Financial Action Task Force in Paris. The meeting was to discuss the blacklisting of the country.
Last month, Saeed had pleaded “not guilty” in two terror financing cases against him. This is the first time Saeed has been imprisoned since the 2008 attacks.