WASHINGTON: The United States of America (USA) has welcomed the conviction of Hafiz Saeed and termed it as an important development.
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells in her tweet said, today’s conviction of Hafiz Saeed and his associate is an important step forward and Pakistan is fulfilling its commitments to combat terrorist financing.
An anti-terrorism court on Wednesday had convicted Hafiz Saeed, chief of the banned Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), in two cases of terror-financing.
Lahore anti-terrorism court had awarded five and half years prison sentence and a fine of Rs 15,000 in each case.
The court had announced sentences in both cases registered in Lahore and Gujranwala, which will run concurrently. Hafiz Saeed was arrested in July last year in connection with the terrorist financing case while on his way from Lahore to Gujranwala.