US responds over Pakistani Supreme Court decision on Hafiz Saeed case

US responds over Pakistani Supreme Court decision on Hafiz Saeed case

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has responded over the issue of Hafiz Saeed activities in Pakistan.

US has expressed deep concern over Pakistani Supreme Court's permission to Hafiz Saeed 's organisation Jamaatud Dawa and its affiliates to continue their activities in the country.

Commenting on the court's decision, the State Department reacted by saying that "this development will jeopardize Pakistan's ability to meet its commitments under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 to freeze and prevent the raising and moving of funds belonging to or associated with UN designated terrorist groups."

Replying to a question put forward by The News, a department spokesperson said: "We recognise that this is a judicial ruling and does not represent the policy of the government," further adding: "This development underscores the importance of Pakistan urgently enacting legislation that formally proscribes Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FiF), as the Pakistani government indicated it planned to by way of following up its Presidential Ordinance on February 9, 2018."

However, the department also underscored that the administration was happy that "Pakistan has made a high-level political commitment to work with the Financial Action Task Force to address weakness in its counterterrorism financing regime."

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