LAHORE: Mumbai assault mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is being interrogated by Pakistan’s counter terrorism authorities in Punjab province, an official mentioned on Wednesday, 4 days after his arrest.
UN proscribed terrorist Lakhvi, 61, who was on bail since 2015 within the Mumbai assault case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) of Punjab province on Saturday, amidst rising worldwide strain on Islamabad to convey to justice terrorists roaming free within the nation.
“Lakhvi is being interrogated by the CTD Punjab in reference to terror financing and associated issues.
He’ll quickly be offered earlier than the anti-terrorism court docket in Lahore,” an official aware about the event advised PTI.
He mentioned that Lakhvi is stored in a “detention centre”.
“Lakhvi is accused of working a dispensary, utilizing funds collected for terrorism financing. He and others additionally collected funds from this dispensary and used these funds for additional terrorism financing.
He additionally used these funds for private bills,” the CTD mentioned.
Police or an every other regulation enforcement company normally presents a suspect earlier than the court docket a day after his arrest to acquire his bodily remand for interrogation.
“Lakhvi’s case appears to be uncommon through which he couldn’t be produced earlier than the court docket 4 days after his arrest in search of his bodily remand,” the official mentioned.
The CTD mentioned that along with belonging to proscribed organisation LeT, Lakhvi can be a UN designated particular person.
“His trial will likely be held earlier than the Anti-Terrorism Court docket in Lahore,” it added.
Lakhvi was designated as a worldwide terrorist by the UN in December 2008 for being related to LeT and al-Qaeda and for “taking part within the financing, planning, facilitating, making ready or perpetrating of acts by, along with, beneath the title of, on behalf or in assist of” each the entities.
Proscribed terrorists and entities are topic to an property freeze, whereby all states are required to freeze funds and different monetary property or financial assets of designated people and entities, a journey ban that stops the entry into or transit by means of nations’ territories by the designated people and an arms embargo.
Final month, the UN Safety Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee allowed for a month-to-month fee of Pakistani Rupee 1.5 lakh for Lakhvi to fulfill his private bills.
The permission was granted 10 days earlier than his arrest.
Lakhvi has named his son Hafizur Rehman and brother Saadat Bashir Waheed who would ship him Rs 90,000 and Rs 60,000 respectively in his checking account.
He mentioned that his son and brother each have the financial institution accounts in the identical department.
The LeT, led by Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, is chargeable for finishing up the 2008 Mumbai assault that killed 166 folks, together with six People.
The worldwide terror financing watchdog Monetary Motion Activity Power (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures towards terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and utilizing its territory to hold out assaults in India and elsewhere.
The Paris-based FATF positioned Pakistan on the Gray Record in June 2018 and requested Islamabad to implement a plan of motion to curb cash laundering and terror financing by the top of 2019 however the deadline was prolonged afterward attributable to COVID-19 pandemic.
ATC Lahore had sentenced Saeed for a collective imprisonment of 36 years in terror finance circumstances.
He has been in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore since July 2019.
There are reviews that he’s given a ‘VIP protocol’ in jail.
The UN has named Saeed as a Specifically Designated World Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has supplied a USD 10 million reward for info that brings Saeed to justice.