Lahore: A court in Lahore today sentenced terrorist Zakiur-ur-Rehman Lakhvi 15-year jail term in a terror funding case. Lakhvi is also the mastermind of the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. India has sought Lakhvi’s custody in connection with the Mumbai terror attack.”Following an intelligence-based operation conducted by the CTD Punjab, proscribed organisation LeT leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was arrested on charges of terrorism financing,” PTI quoted the Pakistan CTD. Moreover, the CTD has also said that the terrorism financing case pertaining to which Lakhvi has been arrested was registered in a police station of CTD Lahore. His trial is set to be held before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore.Also Read - Ramiz Raja-PSL Franchise Owners Meeting Turn Ugly Over Argument on Salary Cap
Lakhvi also has several Interpol notice against him. Lakhvi was arrested on Saturday in Pakistan on terror financing charges, amidst growing international pressure on Islamabad to bring to justice terrorists roaming free in the country. The US welcomed the arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in Pakistan, terming it an “important step” in holding him responsible for his role in supporting terrorism and its financing. Also Read - Pakistani Model's Photoshoot With Uncovered Head in Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara Sparks Row
“We welcome Pakistan’s arrest of terrorist leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi as an important step in holding him responsible for his role in supporting terrorism and its financing,” the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department said in a tweet. Also Read - New Covid Variant Threat: Pakistan Bans Travel From THESE 7 Countries. Check Details Here
It is important to note that the global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has been instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures against terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and using its territory to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere.