Pakistan court sentences LeT leader & 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Lakhvi to 15 years jail

Leader of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Supreme Commander of its Operations in Kashmir Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on terror financing charges by Pakistani anti-terrorism court in Lahore on Friday.

Lakhvi, 61, listed on India’s NIA Most Wanted list, is a UN proscribed terrorist who was on bail since 2015 in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case. He was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab province in January amidst a growing international pressure on Pakistan to bring justice to the terrorists roaming free in the country.

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Lakhvi is sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment each on three counts with a fine of PKR 100,000 same each on three counts. “In default of payment of fine, he will have to undergo an imprisonment of six months each on three counts. He has been sent to prison to serve the sentences,” the official said.

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan had issued an arrest warrant for banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the charges of terror financing earlier on Thursday, the same charges on which Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi was also arrested on similar charges.