Cosmetic action: Hafiz Saeed's seminaries, dispensaries taken over in Punjab

Hafiz Saeed has been a prime suspect in the Mumbai attacks for yearsMore

The ordinance amends Sections 11B and 11EE to include groups that have been sanctioned by the UN Security Council.

Pakistani government is all set to take over the infrastructure of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and its subsidiary Falah-i-Insaaniyat Foundation (FIF) following a Presidential decree on last Friday that eliminated a discrepancy to the list of United Nations declared terrorist organizations and those banned by authorities in the country, an Interior Ministry source confirmed on Tuesday.

Pakistan on Wednesday began seizing assets from Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD), a UN-designated terrorist organisation, whose leader Hafiz Saeed is a prime suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, officials said.

Ahead of this amendment, United Nations identified groups and people banned by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Pakistan from collecting donations in the country.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has signed an ordinance aimed at reining in individuals and organisations like the LeT, al-Qaida and Taliban which have been banned by the UNSC, a media report said on Monday.

The move came just days before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris where rumors were widespread of Pakistan being added to the greylist under pressure from the United States of America and India.

The US and India are spearheading an effort to get Pakistan included in the watchdogs global money-laundering and terror-financing grey list, the paper said.

The reports from Islamabad suggest that on February 2, the National Security Committee (NSC) had directed the "ministries concerned to complete the few outstanding actions at the earliest".

In November, the FATF plenary in Buenos Aires had asked Islamabad to provide a compliance report on action taken against Lashkar-e-Taiba and JuD. "It's a very intrusive process and.we are happy to work with them, but while we are being given mutual evaluation, it makes no sense for us to be now put on the watchlist", Ismail said. Last time that Pakistan was placed on the grey list was in 2012 where it stayed for three years.

However, it could not immediately be ascertained what action, if any, the Pakistan government would take against Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks who was placed under house arrest for 10 months a year ago before being freed on the orders of a panel of judges.



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