Pakistan Sentences Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi to 15 Years of Prison.

One of the prime commanders of Lashkar-e-Taiba and a key conspirator of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, has recently been sentenced for 15 years by a Pakistani court.

On 2nd January, Pakistan counter-terrorism authorities had arrested Lakhvi, on charges of terrorist financing. He was found guilty of providing financial help to terrorists through a number of umbrella businesses.

Recently, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has been playing a notable role in pushing Pakistan to take steps against terrorists wandering freely in the country and using its territory to carry out terror attacks in India and elsewhere.

In June 2018, Paris-based FATF placed Pakistan on the Grey List and instructed Islamabad to implement an immediate plan of action to curb money laundering and terror financing by the end of 2019. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline was extended.

The FATF is also determined to keep Pakistan on its ‘grey list’ till February 2021 as the country has failed to fulfil six important obligations. This includes its failure to take action against two of India’s most wanted terrorists Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar.

In 2020, on charges of terror financing and the other four cases, Saeed was sentenced for collective imprisonment of 36 years.

Notably, LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was the mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai attack. The attack killed 166 people and injured as many as 300 others. The LeT terrorists carried out coordinated shootouts and bombings in Mumbai for three days.

The terrorists came from Pakistan to Mumbai through sea route and targeted several locations such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, Cama Hospital, Leopold Cafe, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Oberoi Trident and Nariman house and the Nariman House business and residential complex. 

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