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Punjab CTD registers cases against Hafiz Saeed

News Desk (Republican News) Cases pertaining to terror financing and facilitation have been registered against the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Saeed, other members of JuD and people associated with other banned trusts operating as charities on Wednesday.

The development unfolded as the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) launched a fresh crackdown against banned outfits operating in the country’s most populous province.

Cases were registered under the Anti-Terrorism Act against five proscribed outfits in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan – Dawatul Irshad Trust, Moaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al Anfaal Trust, Al Madina Foundation Trust and Alhamd Trust.

The people nominated in the cases include Hafiz Saeed, his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki, Ameer Hamza and Muhammad Yahya Aziz.

The CTD has accused the men of ‘promoting terrorism and raising funds to facilitate terror activities’. As per the charges, these proscribed outfits were operating under the guise of charities and were involved in funneling funds to terror suspects.

Earlier in February this year, Pakistan re-instated a ban on two charities linked to Saeed called JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) – which had long been on a UN international terrorism blacklist.

The United States and India blamed the LeT for numerous deadly militant attacks, including a four-day siege by gunmen in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people. Washington also offered $10 million for information leading to Saeed’s arrest and conviction.

Saeed, who denies being the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, had always claimed he had no links to militant violence. He had maintained his charities were vital for helping the poor and had no militant ties.

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