Mumbai terror-attack accused Hafiz Saeed has been sentenced to 10 year in prison by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in two terror financing cases.
These two cases are in addition to the two he was sentenced for in July last year.
Along with Saeed, two of close aides — Zafar Iqbal and Yahya Mujahid — have been sentenced to 10 and a half years each.
Saeed’s brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki has also been sentenced to six months imprisonment.
This sentencing by Pakistan’s court comes after the Paris-based global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog – the Financial Action Task Force – said weeks ago, that they want to retain Pakistan on its grey list till February 2021.
FATF said this because Islamabad failed to fulfil its six key obligations.
One of the obligations included action against India’s most wanted Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar.
Possibly, fearing its continuation in FATF’s grey list, action against Hafiz Saaed was initiated.
But until February 2021, because of its grey list status, it will be difficult for the country to get financial aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union.