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Pakistan imprisons Sajid Mir, mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attack, for 15 years

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Sajid Mir, one of India’s most wanted terrorists, has been awarded 15 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan. He was the mastermind of the deadly Mumbai terror attack on 26/11/2008.

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A senior lawyer involved in terror financing cases involving LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa leaders said on Friday that an anti-terrorism court in Lahore earlier this month sentenced Sajid Mir, an activist of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), to 15 years in prison on terror financing charges.

The lawyer added that convict Mir, who is in his mid-40s, has been detained at Kot Lakhpat since his arrest in April. He claimed that the convict was also fined more than $400,000. Earlier, Mir was thought to be dead.

Prior to the most recent Financial Action Task Force (FATF) conference, Pakistan purportedly informed the organisation that Sajid Mir had been detained and tried in an effort to get Pakistan removed from the FATF’s “grey list.”

Sajid Mir, who is wanted in India for his involvement in the 166-death Mumbai assaults of 26/11, has a reward of USD 5 million.

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Mir was called the “project manager” of the Mumbai attacks. Mir reportedly visited India in 2005 using a fake passport and a fake name.

In the Mumbai terror attacks, alleged mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has already been sentenced to 68 years imprisonment in terror financing cases by the Lahore ATC.

The Mumbai attack operation commander, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, is also convicted for several years in jail. Both Saeed and Maki are also in Kot Lapkhapt jail in Lahore.

Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist on whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty, was arrested in July 2019 in the terror financing case.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

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The global terror financing watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), is instigating Islamabad to take action against terrorists operating freely in Pakistan and exploiting its territory to launch strikes in India. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global organisation that monitors the financing of terrorism.

In June 2018, the FATF put Pakistan on its “grey list” and requested that Islamabad put together a strategy to combat money laundering.

 

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