Mir is accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks. According to Pakistani newspaper Dawn, the Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore sentenced Mir to more than 15 years in jail and a fine of Rs 4,20,000. Quoting sources, it has been told in the news that at present, Mir is serving his sentence in Kot Lakhpat Jail. The verdict of such a high-profile case in Pakistan has been pronounced in a very secretive manner. His arrest in April was also kept away from the media.
Pakistan government had claimed death
The Pakistan government had claimed that Mir was dead. But the western countries did not believe it and demanded evidence. The issue had become a key point in the FATF’s assessment of Pakistan’s progress on the Action Plan late last year. From then on, things started moving forward in Mir’s case and he was arrested. Sajid Majeed Mir is included in the list of India’s Most Wanted Terrorists for his role in 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks. The US has also announced a reward of $ 5 million on him.
FATF officials to visit Pakistan
Mir’s sentencing comes at a time when Pakistan is struggling to get out of the FATF gray list. The Anti-Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police, which often informs the media about the conviction of suspects in such cases, did not report the conviction of Sajid Majeed Mir. In fact, officials of FATF, a global organization monitoring terrorist funding, are going to visit Pakistan soon to review the steps taken by Islamabad against money laundering and terror funding and the reforms made in this regard.
Lawyer gave information about punishment
A senior lawyer, representing the leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa in the terrorism financing case, told news agency ‘PTI-Bhasha’ on Friday, “Earlier this month, an anti-terrorist organization based in Lahore The court had sentenced Sajid Majeed Mir, a member of the banned organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, to 15-and-a-half years in jail in the terror funding case. The lawyer said that Sajid Majeed Mir has been lodged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail since his arrest in April. He said that the court has also imposed a fine of more than four lakh rupees on Sajid Majeed Mir.
(with agency input)