Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties be­gin tak­ing over JuD, FiF prop­er­ties

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - Imtiaz Ah­mad let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

au­thor­i­ties have be­gun tak­ing over as­sets and fa­cil­i­ties of the Ja­maat-udDawah and Falah-e-In­saniyat Foun­da­tion, both linked to al­leged Mum­bai at­tacks master­mind Hafiz Saeed, as the govern­ment scram­bled 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 on Fe­bru­ary 9 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 had said that 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.

There was no of­fi­cial word


from the govern­ment on the tak­ing over of such as­sets but the lo­cal me­dia re­ported au­thor­i­ties in Rawalpindi and other parts of Pun­jab prov­ince had taken con­trol of am­bu­lances, schools and health cen­ters op­er­ated by the JuD and FIF.

There was also no word on what ac­tion, if any, the govern­ment would take against Hafiz Saeed, for whom the US has of­fered a $10 mil­lion bounty.

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