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Pakistan’s Double Speak On Terror : Defers Verdict On Mumbai 26/11, 2008 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed

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A Pakistani anti-terrorism court deferred its verdict against 2008 Mumbai 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in two terror financing cases on his “request” and adjourned the hearing till Tuesday.

Anti-Terrorism Court Lahore judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta had last week reserved the verdict against the Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief in the two terror financing cases for Saturday.

“The ATC judge on Saturday took up the application of Hafiz Saeed requesting the court to club all terror financing cases against him and announce the verdict after the trial is completed,” a court official told PTI after the hearing .

The official said the deputy prosecutor opposed to Saeed’s plea, arguing that the trial in the two cases against him has already been completed and the court may announce the verdict under the law.

The ATC, however, adjourned the hearing till February 11, issuing notices to both prosecution and defence lawyers for arguments on Saeed’s plea.

Saeed was produced before the ATC in high security.

The prosecution had produced some 20 witnesses in the ATC to testify against Saeed and his close aides for their alleged involvement in terror financing.

The ATC indicted Saeed and others on December 11 in terror financing cases in day to day hearing. He has already recorded his statement before the court in two terror financing cases against him in which he pleaded “not guilty”.

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