Pak national jailed for 12 years for supporting LeT

Washington: A Pakistani national was on Friday sentenced to 12 years in prison in the US on charges of providing material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) by producing propaganda videos for the terror outfit and helping it with recruitment of would-be militants.

Jubair Ahmad, 24, pleaded guilty in December to provide material support for the LeT.

"Jubair Ahmad was deeply committed to LeT`s violent aims, which he promoted through online propaganda, recruiting others and fundraising for the terrorist organisation responsible for the deadly 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, which killed 160 people, including two Virginians," Neil H

MacBride, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said after a court order in this regard. Ahmad admitted that in September 2010, while at his residence in Woodbridge, he was engaged in a series of communications with an individual named Talha Saeed, who was in Pakistan.

Talha is the son of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the leader of LeT. Talha requested Ahmad to prepare a video that would contain a prayer by Hafiz Saeed calling for the support of jihad and the mujahideen.

In addition, Talha instructed Ahmad to present a variety of violent images on the video while Hafiz Saeed`s prayer is heard in the background.

The US State Department had recently announced a bounty of USD 10 million for any information that leads to his arrest and conviction in any court of law.

According to court documents, Talha directed Ahmad to begin the LeT video with a number of pictures of Hafiz Saeed, then show scenes where atrocities have been inflicted on Muslims, followed by the activities of the mujahideen conducting attacks in Kashmir.