Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks and the leader of the banned organization Jamat-ud-Dawa, was presented before the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court in the terrorist funding case. The court could not accuse him because the authorities could not produce co-accused Malik Zafar in the court. The next hearing of the case will now be held on 11 December. In which charges will be framed against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and co-accused Malik Zafar Iqbal.
In his statement, a court official said after the hearing, 'Charges framed in Anti-Terrorism Court-1 in relation to the funding of terrorism against Hafiz Saeed and others under FIR 30/19 of Anti-Terrorism Department of Punjab Police but surprisingly, co-accused Malik Zafar Iqbal was not produced from jail. Due to this, the case is adjourned till December 11 to decide the charges.
Saeed was brought to court from Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore under high security. Journalists were not allowed to enter the court premises for reporting the hearing due to security reasons. The court official said that Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta directed the officials to ensure that Iqbal appears in the next hearing on December 11.
During the last hearing, the judge had fixed December 7 for the prosecution of Saeed and others after hearing the arguments of prosecution and defense lawyers. The Anti-Terrorism Department of Punjab Police has registered 23 FIRs against Saeed and his associates for terror funding in various cities of the Punjab province.