According to sources, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the main accused in 26/11, has been chargesheeted in a terror-financing case by the Gujranwala court. He has also been named accused in four other cases. The move, that has come immediately after the Financial Action Tak Force (FATF) fire that Pakistan is the victim of, is being seen as a cover-up following the FATF’s greylisting of the Imran-Khan led nation. However, it is yet to be seen whether there will be restrictions on Saeed’s movement.
According to a media report, the LeT chief has been accused in four other cases, along with others. The cases have been registered across areas in Pakistan including Gujranwala, Multan and Lahore. The provisions invoked against Saeed relate to Section 11 of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 of Pakistan.
Two cases that Saeed has been termed as an accused in are related to seizing of property in the areas including Moza Makwal, Tehsil Mian Channu and Raiwaind Pindi. Additionally, there are two other property seizing cases in Sahiwal, Lahore, connected to his name.
The attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001, the responsibility of which was claimed by the terror group, led to about 14 deaths. Additionally, in 2008, Mumbai saw a series of 12 shooting and bombing attacks across the city. The attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba and left over 170 people dead and around 300 wounded, further intensifying tensions between India and Pakistan.
Laskar-e-Taiba is one of the most active Islamic militant organisation in South Asia. Headed by Saeed, it is headquartered in Muridke in Pakistan. It has best been known for the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament and the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
With a stated objective of introducing an Islamic state in South Asia and to 'liberate' Muslims residing in Indian Kashmir, the group operates several training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and has been accused of attacking military and civilians in India.
The organisation is banned as a terrorist organisation by several countries including India, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia and Australia.