Pakistani Authorities Restore Bank Accounts Of Terrorist Hafiz Saeed And His Four Top Aides: Report

Swarajya Staff

Jul 13, 2020, 10:00 AM | Updated 10:00 AM IST

Hafiz Saeed (ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)
Hafiz Saeed (ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

In a shocking revelation, Pakistan has restored the bank accounts of banned anti-India terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD)'s chief Hafiz Saeed who is the key mastermind behind the Mumbai's 26/11 terror attacks which had shocked the world, reports Indian Express.

Saeed is a United Nations (UN) designated terrorist with a bounty of $10 million placed on his head by the United States (US). He was arrested on 17 July last year and sentenced to 11 years in prison by a Pakistani court in two terror financing cases in February this year. He is said to have since been lodged at Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail.

Furthermore, Pakistani authorities have also restored the bank accounts of four of Saeed's top aides, namely, Abdul Salam Bhuttavi, Haji M Ashraf, Yahya Mujahid and Zafar Iqbal, each of whom are on UN's list of terrorists.

It should be noted that each of them is serving one to five years of imprisonment at the same jail for terror financing charges.

“The restoration of bank accounts has taken place following formal approval of the Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council,” says the report.

Apparently, JuD leaders had appealed United Nations for restoring their bank accounts so that they could run their family affairs. These leaders had sent a request to government of Pakistan mentioning about their financial income and sources of earning. The same was then forwarded to the United Nations Security Council.

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