Hafiz Saeed led JuD, FIF assets freezed in Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed led JuD, FIF assets freezed in Pakistan

*ISLAMABAD*: The federal government on Wednesday issued a notification directing the concerned authorities to freeze the assets of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) under Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018.

On Monday, President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 that enables the government of Pakistan to impose a ban on the entities banned by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

He promulgated the ordinance in the exercise of the powers conferred by the clause (1) of the Article 89 of the Constitution in a further amendment of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

Following an amendment in Section 11-B and 11-EE of the ATA, the organisations and personnel banned through the UN’s Security Council’s resolution will stand banned in Pakistan too.

On Tuesday, the Interior Ministry placed a ban on terrorist outfit Jundullah.

A group associated with the banned outfit, Al-Harmain Foundation, was also banned on charges of collecting funds, pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) of the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC).

A notification, issued by the ministry on January 31, states that the organisation is acting in a manner that “may be concerned in terrorism”.

Earlier, the United States put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watch-list with an anti-money laundering monitoring group.

The United States has been threatening to get tough with Islamabad over its alleged ties with militants, and last month President Donald Trump’s administration suspended aid worth about $2 billion.

Islamabad denies assisting militants in Afghanistan and India. A meeting of FATF member states is due to take place next week in Paris, where the organisation could adopt the motion on Pakistan.