Pakistan sentences 4 to death for attack near militant’s house

A Pakistani court has sentenced four men to death for their involvement in a car bombing that killed four near the home of an anti-India militant last year

MULTAN, Pakistan — A Pakistani court sentenced four men to death on Wednesday for their involvement in a car bombing that killed four people last year near the residence of an anti-India militant leader.

The court also sentenced a woman convicted of aiding the attack in the eastern city of Lahore to five years in prison, according to a statement released by the Punjab Anti-Terrorism Unit.

All five convicted – including the four men convicted of murder – are Pakistanis and were arrested on June 23 last year by anti-India militant leader Hafiz Saeed. ) was arrested following an attack near his residence. Syed has been designated a terrorist by the U.S. Department of Justice, with a $10 million reward for his head.

Saeed is the founder of the illegal Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which is blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. Lashkar-e-Taiba has been active for years in Kashmir, a region divided between Pakistan and India, claimed by both sides.

In 2020, Pakistan sentenced Saeed to 15 years in prison in a terrorist financing case, but he has never been charged over the Mumbai attack. He is serving time under house arrest by government order, and he escaped the blast unharmed. Four bystanders were killed.

Relations between Pakistan and India have been strained. They have fought two of Kashmir’s three wars since gaining independence in 1947.