Two Hafiz Saeed-linked charities banned from operating in Pakistan: Sana


Ismail said the FATF motion focused on Hafiz Saeed, a Pakistan-based militants who India accuses of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

Authorities had begun seizing control of offices and financial assets of the charities, another official said.

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

From now on, Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist and JuD is a terror organisation on Pakistani soil.

The operations in Pakistan of Saeed's extensive network - which includes 300 seminaries and schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance services - has been a particular concern of the United States.

Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), has been designated a "terrorist" by the United Nations and had a $10m bounty placed on him by the USA in 2012. Unfortunately, the Pakistan Army and its spy agencies use Hafiz Saeed for its proxy war against India and allow its organisations to hold rallies in cities across Pakistan and in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

India too Saeed for the Mumbai attacks of November 2006, but Pakistan argues that New Delhi has failed to provide incriminating evidence against him, the report said.

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A spokesmen for JuD declined to make an immediate comment, but said a statement would be issued.

Pakistan has banned the LeT, but its charity wings, the JUD and FIF, have been operating. Did Pakistan ban Hafiz Saeed led foundations after multiple warnings from U.S. and India?

China, which has supported Pakistan in the past, may not be able to "block the consensus" unless it gets support from other countries, said External Affairs Ministry officials.

That would make it harder for foreigners to do business in the nuclear-armed South Asian nation.

In the wake of the actions taken by Pakistan (or the lack of it), it is being said that Pakistan's action to ban Saeed and his organisation may be a case of "too little too late" and it may not be enough to prevent the global anti-terror funding watchdog from "grey listing" Islamabad later this week.

Intelligence gathered by Indian agencies and shared with the FATF at its plenary in June and then in November a year ago stressed that Pakistan's action against terror groups was a "paper activity", devoid of any groundwork and was meant to hoodwink the worldwide community.