Lahore: Lashkar-e-Taiba founder (LeT) and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed underwent angioplasty after he complained of chest pain, officials said on Friday. According to media reports, Hafiz Saeed had complained of severe chest pain while in jail. After this, he was admitted to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore. Doctors said that his right artery was found closed in the initial examination. Angioplasty was done to open the blocked artery.
Hafiz Saeed was shifted to coronary care unit (CCU) of Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) after the operation. The Hafiz Saeed was arrested on July 17 and is lodged at the high-security Kot Lakhpat jail here.
Lahore’s anti-terrorism court Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta sentenced Saeed and his close aide Zafar Iqbal to five and a half years each and imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 in each case. A total of 11 years sentence will run concurrently.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police had registered 23 FIRs against Saeed and his accomplices on the charges of terror financing in different cities of the province.
Hafiz Saeed-led JuD as the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba founder (LeT) which was blamed for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.
Hafiz Saeed, a UN designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was last month sentenced to 11 years in jail in two terror financing cases.
The US named Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice. He was listed as a terrorist under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.
The crackdown on Saeed’s outfit last year followed a warning by the international terror financing watchdog to Pakistan to deliver on its commitments to curb terror financing and money laundering.