Pakistan begins seizing charities linked to US-wanted cleric

Pakistan begins seizing charities linked to US-wanted cleric

In the UNSC list of terror outfits, organisations like al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have been listed.

Pakistan has secretly amended the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 to ban the United Nations proscribed terrorist groups, reported local media.

Aslam said he did not know the exact number of offices and seminaries involved in the asset seizure but data was being compiled in all four districts of Rawalpindi division and he expected full details of the assets.

Pakistan has banned two charities linked to Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people.

Pakistan has now moved an ordinance for amending the Anti-Terrorism Act to enable authorities to act against individuals and terror outfits banned by UNSC.

USA and India were reportedly spearheading an effort to get Pakistan included in the watchdog's worldwide money laundering and terror-financing "grey list".

This is a dramatic turn of events since less than a month ago, when PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi insisted there's no case against "Hafiz Saeed sahib". The following steps, by Pakistan comes after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had raised its concerns on terrorism from Pakistan and had demanded a compliance on the issue of terror funding. But, he hasn't been tried judicially by the Pakistani authorities until now, and was let go previous year from house arrest as the Home department had decided against filing any criminal case against him. In December, Pakistan's government drew up plans to seize control of Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation charities. The analysts fear that the FATF review this time could be tougher with some punitive action against Pakistan. "It's a very intrusive process and.we are happy to work with them, but while we are being given mutual evaluation, it makes no sense for us to be now put on the watchlist", Ismail said. Critics say previous such efforts have faded once pressure onPakistan eased.

Of late, Pakistan has been trying hard to please the global community by cracking down on terror organisations and individuals operating from its soil.