LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court on Thursday convicted three leaders of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) in two cases of terror financing registered by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).

Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, Zafar Iqbal and Muhammad Ashraf were present in the court as Presiding Judge Ijaz Ahmad Buttar announced the sentence in the FIRs registered last year.

Iqbal and Ashraf had been awarded a collective imprisonment of 16 years in each FIR under different sections of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 while Makki had been sentenced to one year imprisonment in an FIR with a fine of Rs170,000.

JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed had also been convicted for jail terms in two of the FIRs.

The CTD had registered 23 FIRs against the JuD leaders in various cities of Punjab. The trial in several cases was transferred to Lahore following an order passed by the high court on the petitions of the suspects.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2020

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