Crack­down on banned out­fits

US TA­BLES MO­TION TO PUT PAK­ISTAN ON GLOBAL TER­ROR­IST-FI­NANC­ING WATCH­LIST

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY SANA JA­MAL

US ta­bles mo­tion to put coun­try on global ter­ror­ist-fi­nanc­ing watch­list months af­ter sus­pend­ing aid worth about $2 bil­lion |

P ak­istan’s fed­eral cab­i­net has ap­proved new rules to go tough on banned out­fits in the coun­try and block their fi­nan­cial as­sis­tances.

The ap­proval of the muchdis­cussed ‘Anti-Ter­ror­ism (Freez­ing and Seizure) Rules 2018’ was granted on Tues­day in a meet­ing presided over by Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi at the PM’s Of­fice. The move will al­low Pak­istan to block fund­ing of ter­ror out­fits, freeze their ac­counts and take ac­tion against them.

No­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued

Yes­ter­day, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion di­rect­ing the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to freeze the mov­able and im­mov­able as­sets of Ja­maat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its char­ity arm Falah-e-In­saniyat Foun­da­tion (FIF) un­der An­titer­ror­ism (Amend­ment) Or­di­nance, 2018. An or­di­nance was pro­mul­gated by Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain ear­lier this week that amended the An­tiTer­ror­ism Act, 1997 to pro­scribe the out­fits banned by the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) Act 1948.

The UNSC sanc­tions list in­cludes Al Qaida, Tehreeke-Tal­iban Pak­istan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Ja­maatud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-eIn­sa­niat Foun­da­tion (FIF), Lashkar-e-Taiba and oth­ers.

Pak­istan’s In­te­rior Min­istry has placed a ban on ter­ror­ist out­fit Jun­dul­lah, a splin­ter group of TTP while Lashkare-Tayy­iba was de­clared as banned or­gan­i­sa­tion un­der the UNSC res­o­lu­tion 1267 in 2005.

Ear­lier, the United States put for­ward a mo­tion to place Pak­istan on a global ter­ror­ist-fi­nanc­ing watch-list.

The US sus­pended aid worth about $2 bil­lion (Dh7.35 mil­lion) to Pak­istan over its al­leged ties with mil­i­tants.

Reuters

Hafiz Saeed

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