India to raise Sheikh Saeed case at FATF if he walks free-THE HINDU-03-04-2020
In December 1999, Saeed was released along with Masood Azhar and another alleged terrorist Mushtaq Zargar by the Indian government in exchange for 155 hostages aboard the hijacked IC-814.
The next FATF meeting is expected in June 2020, but may be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India plans to not just raise Saeed’s history with terrorism in India, but his links with Al-Qaeda and, more specifically, his role in the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. at the FATF meeting.
Saeed has not yet been tried in that case and the Pakistani government’s actions in the next few days would be closely watched.
Officials indicated that if Pakistan’s federal government doesn’t file a strong appeal against the acquittal and Saeed walks free, it would also show how transnational norms against terror financing were being flouted by Islamabad.