AUTHOR­I­TIES IN PAK­ISTAN SEIZE SOME AS­SETS OF SAEED’S JUD, FIF

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - INDIAUNSEEN - Im­tiaz Ah­mad let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istani author­i­ties have be­gun tak­ing over some of the as­sets and fa­cil­i­ties of the Ja­maat-ud-dawah and Falah-eIn­saniyat Foun­da­tion, both linked to al­leged Mum­bai at­tacks master­mind Hafiz Saeed, as the gov­ern­ment scram­bles to avert be­ing black­listed by the Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task Force.

The US, UK, Ger­many and France have jointly sub­mit­ted a mo­tion to put Pak­istan on the FATF’S “grey list”, which in­cludes coun­tries with in­ad­e­quate pro­vi­sions to com­bat ter­ror fi­nanc­ing and money laun­der­ing. The FATF ple­nary meet­ing to be held in Paris dur­ing Fe­bru­ary 18-23 will re­view Pak­istan’s ac­tions to choke fund­ing for ter­ror­ists. Pak­istan qui­etly amended its Anti-ter­ror­ism Act through an or­di­nance to pro­scribe ter­ror­ist in­di­vid­u­als and groups that have been listed by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil such as Lashkar-e-taiba founder Saeed and the JUD and FIF.

A no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued in the Gazette of Pak­istan on Fe­bru­ary 10 said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had di­rected that “req­ui­site ac­tions” should be taken for “freez­ing and tak­ing over of as­sets (move­able, im­move­able and hu­man re­source) as­so­ci­ated with JUD and FIF” fol­low­ing the amend­ment of the law.

Rana San­ul­lah, the law min­is­ter of Pun­jab prov­ince, con­firmed that the two groups linked to Saeed had been of­fi­cially banned. “We have re­ceived the in­te­rior min­istry’s di­rec­tions,” he said.

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