Crackdown on banned outfits
US TABLES MOTION TO PUT PAKISTAN ON GLOBAL TERRORIST-FINANCING WATCHLIST
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.
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.