Pak cracks down on seminaries, health facilities run by Hafiz Saeed

Marsha Scott
February 16, 2018

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.

"In addition to broader systemic concerns, this also concerns Pakistan's non-compliance with its commitments under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267", the spokesperson added.

The Punjab government has moved against JuD and FIF by taking over its seminaries and health facilities in Rawalpindi.

"The district administration teams have visited the seminaries but JuD has denied any link with the madrassas", a senior district official told Dawn.

District administration has also issued directions to check the details of students and teachers of the JuD-run seminaries as well as doctors and paramedical staff of the FIF dispensaries.

"It is time for that to stop, and so we are working with our allies, who also are affected, to see effective action against groups such as the Haqqanis and elements of the Taleban", said the official, referring to militants operating along the border with Afghanistan. The JuD chief has announced plans to contest this year's general elections, even though the USA and India has pressurised the country to take action against the 26/11 mastermind.

In January, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan issued a notification to all companies, prohibiting them from donating money to the entities and individuals listed under the United Nations sanctions committee's consolidated list.

This came after Pakistan Police removed barricades placed by members of Saeed's Jamaat-ud Dawah outside the group's headquarters on Monday. The blockade had been set up a decade ago in the name of security

Pakistan has not officially banned Hafiz Saeed linked JuD and FIF. The recent actions have come ahead of the crucial Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris, scheduled to be held from February 18 to 23.

On Friday, February 9, the Ministry of Law and Justice announced that President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain amended the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 via Ordinance No II of 2018 to proscribe entities banned by the United Nations (Security Council) Act 1948.

Pakistan's de facto finance minister, Miftah Ismail said that moves to put Islamabad on the FATF watchlist were counter-productive when Pakistan was already undergoing "mutual evaluation" by experts from other countries, who are measuring progress in curbing illicit fund flows.

However, it could not immediately be ascertained what action, if any, the Pakistan government would take against Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks who was placed under house arrest for 10 months previous year before being freed on the orders of a panel of judges.

The Pakistan cabinet yesterday approved new rules to block funding for banned groups.

Pakistan has come under intense pressure to rein in terror groups after the US President accused the country of harbouring terrorists and suspended almost Dollars 2 billion in security assistance to it.

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