Pakistani police arrest 2 for financing terrorism

Pakistani anti-terrorism police on Thursday arrested two suspected militants accused of raising funds for the illegal charities of a radical cleric wanted by Washington to play a role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

 

Pakistani police arrest 2 for financing terrorism

According to a statement from the Counter-Terrorism Department, the two men were caught’ in a raid from a remote village in Muzaffargarh District, Punjab Province. The suspects were raising funds for Hafiz Saeed's banned Jamaat-e-Dawa and Welfare for Humanity charities, which were suspected’ of being Lashkar-e-Taiba fronts.

 

Saeed is the founder and leader of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, which neighboring India has blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people. He has been serving 5/2 years in prison since February after being convicted’ of financing terrorism. It has refused to sponsor terrorism.

 

The development comes weeks after the Paris-based Counter-Terrorism Monitoring Group passed a bill in February to meet the targets set by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force. These included targeting those involved in money laundering and terrorist financing.

 

Islamabad hopes the legislation will help remove Pakistan from the task force's "gray list" of countries that partially comply with international laws on financing terrorism and money laundering. Are doing

 

Pakistan was added’ to the list in 2018. He expects the country's declining economy to recover once it is removed’ from the watch list.

 

Since gaining independence in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought three wars, two of which are on the Himalayan side of Kashmir, which is divided’ between the two countries but both have fully supported it.

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