US hails Hafiz Saeed’s con­vic­tion

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WASH­ING­TON: United States’ Act­ing As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for South and Cen­tral Asia Alice Wells on Thurs­day hailed the con­vic­tion of Ja­matud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and his aide Malik Za­far Iqbal as a “step for­ward” for Pak­istan.

A day ear­lier, an anti-ter­ror­ism court in Lahore con­victed the two JuD lead­ers to five-and-a-half-years of rig­or­ous im­pris­on­ment (RI) in two cases re­lat­ing to ter­ror fi­nanc­ing. The ver­dict came days ahead of the Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task Force’s (FATF) meet­ing in Paris to de­cide Pak­istan’s grey list fate.

In a series of tweets, Wells said that the con­vic­tion was a step for­ward, “both to­ward hold­ing the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ac­count­able for its crimes and for Pak­istan in meet­ing its in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments to com­bat ter­ror­ist fi­nanc­ing”.

In an­other tweet, she noted that “as Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan has said, it is in the in­ter­est of Pak­istan’s fu­ture that it not al­low non-state ac­tors to op­er­ate from its soil”.

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