New Delhi: In a significant development, a Pakistan court on Wednesday convicted Jamat-ud-Dawa chief (JuD) Hafiz Saeed for 5 years in terror financing cases. Also Read - 26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed Charged With Terror Financing

The development comes after the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of two terror financing cases against Saeed till February 18. Saeed is the leader of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) who was the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Also Read - JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed to Face Trial For Terror Financing Charges on December 7

The two-member bench, headed by Justice Qasim Khan, which was supposed to initially announce its verdict against the JuD chief on February 8, will now hear the case on February 18.

Nominated in about 29 cases related to terror financing, money laundering, the verdict was reserved against Saeed on February 6.

As per updates, the ATC on February 8 delayed its verdict in the terror financing cases and had decided to hear arguments on February 11.

The terror financing cases against Saeed were filed by the Counter-Terrorism Department’s (CTD) Lahore and Gujranwala chapters.

Saeed was arrested by the CTD in July last year. The arrest happened when he was travelling from Lahore to Gujranwala. Ahead of his arrest, over 23 FIRs had already been registered against JuD leaders at CTD police stations of Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan, Faisalabad and Sargodha in July 2019.