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Ahead of Paris terror meet, Pakistan moves to ban Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa, FIF

Last Friday, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain signed an ordinance aimed at reigning in individuals and organisations that have been banned by the UNSC. The government has already banned donations to the JuD, the FIF and other organisations.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2018 2:36 pm
Hafiz saeed, Hafiz saeed release, 26/11 mastermind, Pakistan, India-pakistan relations, Indian express opinion, Indian express Hafiz Saeed was released from house arrest last November after a Pakistan court said there was insufficient evidence against him. (File Photo)

In a major development ahead of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris early next week, reports have emerged that Pakistan has placed 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF)  on the list of proscribed groups. According to PTI, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain signed an ordinance last Friday, aimed at reining in individuals and organisations that have been banned by the United Nations Security Council. The development was made public Monday. Last month, the Shahid Abbasi-led government had also banned companies and individuals from making donations to the JuD, the FIF and other organisations.

The ordinance amends a section of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), which will allow authorities to take action against UNSC-proscribed individuals and terror outfits, like sealing their offices and freezing their bank accounts. The move comes ahead of the FATF plenary meeting on February 18, where Pakistan is likely to be “grey-listed” for terrorist financing and money laundering.

The Express Tribune said sources in the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) confirmed the new move, saying the ministries of Interior, Finance and Foreign Affairs as well as NACTA’s Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFT) wing were working together on the matter.

It remains to be seen if the new move saves Pakistan the blushes of being grey-listed again after 2015. A FATF delegation had visited the country in February and reported that Pakistan had fallen short of the requirements by not promulgating legislation to stop money laundering and terrorist financing.

It had also not taken action against “proscribed groups” under UN Security Council Resolution 1267, such as the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation that continued to operate freely and raise funds, the report further mentioned.

Last month, the government had also banned companies and individuals from making donations to the JuD, the FIF and other organisations. Jundullah was the last organisation declared “proscribed” by the government of Pakistan on January 31, 2018 on the NACTA website. Saeed was released from house arrest last November after a Pakistan court said there was insufficient evidence against him. The JuD chief has announced plans to contest this year’s general elections, even though the US and India has pressurised the country to take action against the 26/11 mastermind.

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  1. Damodar Biswal
    Feb 13, 2018 at 6:49 pm
    Pakistan has been isolated n the international community knows that it nurtures terrorism.
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    1. harsh kumarf
      Feb 13, 2018 at 5:34 pm
      that's a start ,, but pakistan need to do much more to gain acceptance from international community ,,, but still a good move ,,, lets see what happens in the future if terror is stopped then i guess india and pakistan will move forward towards real peace ,,
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      1. Narendra M. Apte
        Feb 13, 2018 at 4:37 pm
        1. This action may fool the democratic world. In all probability, Pakistan will neither be punished for its support to terrorists nor will it be declared as a country which supports terrorists. 2. Is it not true that very survival of political system of Pakistan depends upon Pakistani political parties’ support to an impossible and foolish cause called Azad Kashmir? Hence no politician of Pakistan will ever show courage to say that people of Kashmir can live in peace if they accept that Kashmir is and will forever remain a part of Indian Union. 3. We know that Pakistan’s support for cause of Azad Kashmir means support to terror groups who are trained and funded by the Pakistani army and other establishments Therefore my guess is that until USA and European countries impose sanctions on Pakistan for financial and logistic support given to terror groups, nothing much will be achieved. Would it be good enough to impose sanctions? My guess: Pakistan will be assisted by China to defeat them
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          vish
          Feb 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm
          Pakistan has cheated and will continue to cheat by such false bans and allow all terrorist activities against India. If they are eliminating terrorists from Pakistan then why not this Man?who is openly carrying out rallies .
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            prince
            Feb 13, 2018 at 3:40 pm
            Could be biggest joke of 2018. hiw can Pak survive by banning or arresting Hafiz.
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