Experts warns FATF shouldn't be fooled by 26/11 mastermind conviction

Nov 21 2020 09:18 PM
Experts warns FATF shouldn't be fooled by 26/11 mastermind conviction

Pakistan government recently has convicted the 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his aides. They were handed down a collective imprisonment of over 10 years in terror-financing cases. These conviction were being viewed as yet another ludicrous exercise conducted by Pakistan to fool the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) which has retained Pakistan on its grey list since 2018.

The mastermind Saeed worth $10 million dollars was escorted in and out of the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court like a well protected person, and travels in a cavalcade of sophisticated SUVs instead of a prison van above all the judge announcing the verdict made it clear that the sentence would run concurrently and the detention of the convicts during the trial period would be counted as "an undergone sentence". The treatment a hardcore militant like Saeed, the founder of Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), got from the Pakistani authorities during his public appearances then one can easily imagine the luxurious facility his detention centre would provide since July 2019 "Official under detention".

No body will refuse this kind of detention provided by a government. The 'Sentence' drama is a follow up of FATF decision to keep Pakistan in grey list. The US State Department report 'Country Reports on Terrorism 2019' released in June earlier this year, had detailed how Pakistan remains a safe land for regionally focused terrorist groups. Even Pakistan was accused of sponsoring Terrorism to Afghanistan and is blamed to be backed for current violence situation. 

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