India is demanding extradition of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed from Pakistan.

 – Gudstory

India is demanding extradition of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed from Pakistan. – Gudstory

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India has sought the extradition of Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. India placed an extradition request with neighboring country Pakistan.

Hafiz Saeed has been in jail in Pakistan since 2019 after being convicted for several years in several terror finance cases along with some other leaders of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and released several times over the past decade and denies any involvement in armed operations. Hafiz Saeed-led JuD is the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is allegedly responsible for carrying out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008, in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba group was active for years in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan.

according to a India Today Citing people familiar with the development in the Indian government, the report said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has sent a request for the formal extradition of terrorist Hafiz Saeed to Pakistan.

The report also said that India’s Ministry of External Affairs has urged the Pakistan government to initiate legal process for the extradition of Hafiz Saeed.

Notably, India has repeatedly sought the extradition of Hafiz Saeed from Pakistan to face trial for the Mumbai attacks, but the absence of an extradition treaty between India and Pakistan has complicated the process.

In April 2022, a Pakistani court sentenced Hafiz Saeed to 31 years in prison in two terrorism financing cases.

According to the report, Saeed was found guilty of multiple violations in the two cases, but it was not immediately clear how much prison time he would receive due to his current imprisonment and the sentences running concurrently. al Jazeera,

Under Pakistani law, Saeed must serve his sentence consecutively unless his sentence is overturned or reduced on appeal.

Hafiz Saeed is listed as one of India’s most wanted terrorists and has a bounty of $10 million placed on him by the US for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Meanwhile, a new political outfit of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed has fielded its candidates for most national and provincial assembly constituencies across Pakistan for the February 8 general elections and said it wants to bring the country together as a nation. Wants to create an Islamic welfare state. ,

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Published: 28 Dec 2023, 07:26 PM IST


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