Pakistan lifts ban on terrorist Hafiz Saeed's bank accounts

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Pakistan has lifted restrictions on bank accounts of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief and the main conspirator of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Hafiz Saeed and four of his top aides. This information was given on Sunday in the media. The United Nations has declared Saeed a terrorist and the United States has placed a reward of ten million US dollars on him.

He was arrested in terrorist financing cases on July 17 last year. He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment by an anti-terrorism court in February this year in two terror funding cases. He is kept in the tightly guarded Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

"The News" reports that Abdul Salam Bhutawi, Haji M Ashraf, Yahya Mujahid and Zafar Iqbal are the other members of the Jamaat-ut-dawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba whose bank accounts ban has been lifted.

The newspaper said that these people are also serving one to five years of imprisonment in Lahore jail in the case of terrorist financing filed against them by the Punjab Anti-Terrorism Department.

"The ban on bank accounts has been lifted after formal approval from the sanctions committee of the UN Security Council," the newspaper said. Quoting sources, the newspaper said that the JUD kingpin had requested the United Nations to lift the ban on transactions from bank accounts so that it could run home.

Quoting the prominent leader of the JUD, the newspaper said, "Initially we did not want to file any appeal but we were advised to appeal as it was becoming difficult for our leaders to run their business". The newspaper said that these leaders had mentioned their financial income and source of income in their request to the Government of Pakistan.

It said that this appeal was sent to the United Nations Security Council along with their bank account number and other details. Saeed-led JUD is a mask organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Lashkar was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attack. 166 people, including six Americans, were killed in this attack.