Jamaat-ud-Dawah, the outfit accused by India and United States of planning and perpetrating the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks has had 3 of their leaders jailed by a court this Saturday. The sentencing is not related to the infamous incident, though it comes ahead of a deadline this September to curb money laundering, terrorist financing, and financing the proliferation of such elements. All of these are avenues on which Pakistan is working with the FATF to avoid getting grey listed. Getting grey listed would mean that Pakistan alongside the governments of North Korea and Iran will not be able to access International financial institutions.
Hafiz Saeed Chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah
The 3 men have been ordered to serve sentence concurrently each being served five years in prison. The men, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Salam and Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki are all known associates of Hafiz Saeed, sentenced back in February to jail for 11 years. Hafiz Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba which was held directly responsible for the Mumbai attacks while Hafiz Saeed maintains that it has no ties to Armed groups. Malik Zafar Iqbal and Abdul Salam each got 4 charges with more than 16 years of sentence while Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki got himself sentenced to a year and a half on one charge.