An anti-terrorism court in Karachi sentenced a prayer leader of a mosque, Ghulam Rasool Rabbani, to over 25 years in prison for raising funds for banned outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Tuesday, according to local media reports.
This comes just days after JuD chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was sentenced to 15 and a half years in jail in a terror financing case.
Rabbani was found guilty of using his mosque located in Jamali Goth along the Superhighway in Malir, Karachi, to raise money to fund terror activities across the country.The prosecution, which began its investigation on 11 November, alleged that his crimes fell l within the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.The court also ordered the mosque to be forfeited to the Education and Literacy Department of the Government of Sindh, Pakistan. Rabbani was also reportedly fined Rs 2.2 million.
Accused caught red-handed
In a prior statement, Rabbani confirmed that he owned the mosque and the land in question since 2003. However, he denied the allegations that he used the religious site to fund terror activities.Rabbani also accused Dr Ubaid-ur-Rehman, a prosecution witness, of wanting to usurp the 1,700-square yards land and said that the latter had earlier threatened to shut down the mosque.According to a report in Pakistani daily Dawn, state prosecutors Tahir Hussain Mangi and Kamran contended that during investigation the wife of the accused told the investigating officer that the land was the property of her husband.
The prosecutors also alleged that the police had caught Rabbani red-handed while he was collecting funds for the banned outfit.