Pakistan begins seizing charities linked to US-wanted cleric

Pakistan begins seizing charities linked to US-wanted cleric

In what could be perceived as a major jolt to 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, Hafiz Saeed, as his plans of dropping the terrorist outfit and getting into a political outfit seem to be have been cancelled by the Pakistan government. Children are also being used as a human shelter and also to sort out anti-India or anti-U.S. protests.

This is a dramatic turn of events since less than a month ago, when PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi insisted there's no case against "Hafiz Saeed sahib". Pakistan has informed the committee of the decision it has chose to undertake. The organisation had designated him a terrorist under UNSC Resolution 1267, while the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 in May 2008. A Pakistani court freed him from house arrest past year after ruling there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its humanitarian arm Falahi Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) were banned across Pakistan with their moveable and immovable assets being frozen under the amended Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. The amendments state that entities sanctioned by the UN Security Council will be proscribed in Pakistan on an "ex parte basis".

This came after Pakistan Police on Monday removed barricades placed by members of Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah outside the group's headquarters. A separate JuD statement said it would fight a legal battle to against the action, which it said Pakistan was taking to please America and India.

This came after Pakistan Police removed barricades placed by members of Saeed's Jamaat-ud Dawah outside the group's headquarters on Monday. The blockade had been set up a decade ago in the name of security

Washington and the United Nations say JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation are a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, which Saeed founded in 1987.

The move will bring the Pakistani law in line with the United Nations sanctions list and remove ambiguities on the status of Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

He added that moves to put Islamabad on the FATF watchlist were counter-productive when Pakistan was already undergoing "mutual evaluation" by experts from other countries, who are measuring progress in curbing illicit fund flows.

"We are now working with the US, UK, Germany and France for the nomination to be withdrawn", Ismail said.


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