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Pakistan takes over Hafiz Saeed's seminary, dispensaries

Pakistan takes over Hafiz Saeed's seminary, dispensaries

Rawalpindi commissioner Nadeem Aslam told Reuters that officials had "taken over all the JuD and FIF assets" and that the "takeover was complete". United States President Donald Trump accused the country to cherish the terrorist groups and he suspended the financial aid of $2billion to the country.

Punjab Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the Ministry of the Interior issued a notification against Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) this week. Under this new ordinance, which was issued for 120 days as Parliament was not in session, Ministry of Interior slapped ban on operations of three organisations - JuD, FIF and Jundullah.

The U.S. has labeled JuD and FIF "terrorist fronts" for Lashkar-e-Taiba ("Army of the Pure" or LeT), a group Saeed founded in 1987 that the U. The Balochistan government has stated there is no presence of JuD and FIF in the province and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is yet to send its reply on the matter, he further said.

He said that it had become hard for JuD to run its welfare projects in the present circumstances and they would fight the legal battle.

"There is no justification for the USA move as we have already taken the required actions", Miftah Ismail, an advisor to the prime minister on finance, who effectively acts as the finance minister, told local broadcaster Geo News.




The crackdown appears to be part of Pakistan's actions against groups and organisations banned by the United Nations, after a high-level sanctions team visited the country in January to check the progress. "Pakistan's credit rating may be downgraded if FATF downgraded its ranking for Islamabad", said the official.

Pakistan's action comes days before a meeting of the Financial Action Task Force, a global money-laundering watchdog, that will consider a US -sponsored motion to place Pakistan on a list of countries failing to prevent terrorism financing. "We are in touch with over 30 countries in this regard (to block the move)", he said.

The FATF removed Pakistan from its grey list owing to its improvement in combating the twin menaces of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Observers believe Pakistan's swift action against Saeed's charities was aimed at avoiding inclusion in the FATF watch list.


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