Pakistan takes over seminary, dispensaries

Pakistan takes over seminary, dispensaries

Under pressure to act against banned groups, Pakistan took control of a seminary and four dispensaries run by Saeed-linked Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).

Mumbai's Chabad House, were Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, and his 28 year old wife Rivka, were killed by Islamist terrorists attack, seen here on December 25 2008.

The action comes days before a meeting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money laundering watchdog, which will consider a US-sponsored motion to place Pakistan on a list of countries failing to prevent terrorism financing.

"As per the instructions, we have already started taking over all the facilities, offices, schools, dispensaries and seminaries which belong to the JuD and FIF", Al Jazeera quoted Rana Sanaullah, law minister for Punjab province, as saying. After the LeT was banned, it had been operating under the cover of its charity wings, the JUD and FIF.

Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the attacks. He vowed to fight the government in court and insisted Saeed had been kept under house arrest without any justification in the past.

"The federal government [of Pakistan] is pleased to direct that requisite actions with regard to freezing and taking over of assets (movable, immovable and human resource) associated with JuD and FIF shall be taken in pursuance of Ordinance No-II of 2018", read an official notification issued by Ministry of Interior on February 10. "We've completed the takeover", Rawalpindi commissioner Nadeem Aslam told Reuters.


"The provincial government handed over a list of four seminaries in Rawalpindi to the district administration".

A spokesmen for JuD declined to make an immediate comment but said a statement would be issued.

"India never bothered to implement United Nations resolutions on Kashmir but our rulers have got passed the president ordinance to take action against patriotic organisations like JuD and FIF", said Hafiz Saeed. Washington had offered $10 million for information leading to Saeed's arrest and conviction and had dubbed his charities as fronts for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist organisation that India and the USA blame for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that left 166 people dead. "Pakistan's credit rating may be downgraded if FATF downgraded its ranking for Islamabad", said the official.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Miftah Ismail, on this major development, told worldwide media that Pakistan was trying to convince Germany, France, USA and United Kingdom to withdraw its plan of moving motion seeking inclusion of Pakistan to the grey-list.

Pakistan was previously on the FATF watchlist from 2012 to 2015.

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