26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed may be released after FATF verdict, say sources

Prime News, International (Lahore), February 15:- UN-designated ”global terrorist” and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Mohammad Saeed will most certainly be released after the verdict of the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ), according to informed sources who said that there are intentional loopholes in the verdict which allows that.

The FATF meeting in Paris from February 16 will decide whether or not Pakistan finally needs to be blacklisted for failing to act against terror. The lawyer of the Mumbai terror attacks mastermind, who along with an aide was convicted by an anti-terrorism court on Wednesday, has said that they will appeal the judgement in the Lahore High Court.

According to Dawn, Saeed`s counsel argues that his client was convicted for no other reason than due to FATF “pressure” ahead of its upcoming meeting. Pakistan’s leading daily said besides involvement in foreign theatres, and the ensuing opprobrium this has brought to Pakistan, the fact is that LeT- JuD terrorists have also contributed to instability within the country.

The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD)-led LeT has maintained links with the Afghan Taliban and Al Qaeda, as well as with elements that evolved into the Punjabi Taliban.

Considering these precedents, it can only be welcomed that Saeed has been sent to prison. Another major point that the conviction of the JuD chief raises is that, in Pakistan, terror groups are proscribed while their leaders and cadres continue to operate as per routine.

Informed sources said that Pakistan Army continues to provide logistics, training and funds to these terrorist outfits and use them as proxies against its neighbours, India and Afghanistan. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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