Hafiz Saeed undergoes angioplasty at PIC

By: News Desk      Published: 12:51 AM, 20 Mar, 2020
Hafiz Saeed undergoes angioplasty at PIC

Hafiz Saeed, the head of defunct Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), underwent an angioplasty at Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore on Thursday.

Hafiz Saeed suffered a severe angina attack in the jail, on which the authorities shifted him to Punjab Institute of Cardiology emergency. The initial tests found left anterior descending (LAD) artery blocked. Doctors put a stent into the artery and cleared the blockage.

“Hafiz Saeed is under observation and his health condition is out of danger now,” said the doctors.

Later, he was admitted to Coronary Care Unit (CCU) for recovery.

Hafiz Saeed sentenced to 11 years in jail

On February 12, 2020, an anti-terrorism court in Lahore sentenced Hafiz Saeed to a total of 11 years in jail in two terror financing cases.

He and co-accused Professor Malik Zafar Iqbal both were handed a prison sentence of five and a half years and a fine of Rs15,000 in each case. One case pertained to their being members of a proscribed organisation while the other was related to illegal property.

The sentences in the two cases will run concurrently while the convicts have also been granted the benefit of Section 382-B of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which grants a reduction in imprisonment period.

ATC judge Arshad Hussain Bhatta announced the verdict and read out the sentence while Hafiz Saeed, who is also the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba armed group, was present in the courtroom. The court recorded the statements of 23 witnesses during the trial of the two cases.

Cases

The convictions came in FIR No 32/2019, registered by the Gujranwala section of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), and FIR No 30/2019, registered by CTD Lahore. The case filed by CTD's Gujranwala chapter was initially heard in a Gujranwala ATC but was later shifted to Lahore on the orders of the Lahore High Court.

Arrest

Hafiz Saeed was arrested by CTD in July last year when he was going to Gujranwala from Lahore. The arrest came following registration of 23 FIRs in July 2019 against him, JuD Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, and other figures of the banned organistion at CTD police stations in Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Multan.