US calls conviction of Hafiz Saeed ‘important step forward’
The United States on Thursday welcomed the conviction of proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed by an anti-terrorism courtroom on terrorism fees.
A day earlier, the ATC in Lahore had sentenced Hafiz Saeed for 5 years and 6 months in two circumstances, together with a advantageous of Rs15,000 in every case.
In a sequence of tweets, United States chief diplomat for South Asian affairs Alice Wells recommended the steps taken by Pakistan to fight terror financing and identified that it matched Prime Minister Imran Khan’s imaginative and prescient.
Calling it an a ‘step ahead’, Wells stated that it was vital for Pakistan in assembly its worldwide commitments.
“The conviction of Hafiz Saeed and his associate is an important step forward — both toward holding LeT accountable for its crimes and for Pakistan in meeting its international commitments to combat terrorist financing,” Wells stated in a press release after the decision.
“And as Imran Khan has said, it is in the interest of Pakistan’s future that it not allow non-state actors to operate from its soil,” the US diplomat added.
Saeed has been sentenced for five-and-a-half years in every case and the courtroom has said that each the sentences will start concurrently.
The JuD chief’s lawyer informed AFP that his shopper was discovered responsible of “being part of a banned terrorist outfit” and for “having illegal property”.
The circumstances in opposition to the JuD chief had been led by Deputy Prosecutor General Abdul Rauf Watto and round 23 witnesses recorded their statements within the circumstances.
Saeed was arrested by Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in July final 12 months.
The arrest was a part of the Government of Pakistan’s crackdown in opposition to outlawed organisations below the National Action Plan.