Pakistani authorities begin taking over JuD, FiF properties
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.