Pak declares Hafiz Saeed as terrorist, signs ordinance to rein banned outfits

Ahead of Paris terror meet Pakistan nods to law banning charities linked to Hafiz Saeed

Ahead of Paris terror meet Pakistan nods to law banning charities linked to Hafiz Saeed

According to reports, the Pakistan authorities are bound under global obligations to take action against such proscribed outfits as per the framework of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) an worldwide body which combats money laundering and terrorist financing.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has signed an ordinance aimed at reigning in individuals and organisations like the LeT, Al-Qaeda and Taliban, which have been banned by the UN Security Council, a media report said on Monday.

According to a Pakistani daily, Dawn, the decision to ban Hafiz Saeed linked groups has been announced just a few days before the FATF meeting, in Paris.

This means that now, under Pakistani law, Saeed is a terrorist, and the JuD is a terrorist organisation.

After years of dilly-dallying on the issue of acting against the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan today relented and imposed a ban on two charities being run by the UN-designated "terrorist".

A new ordinance has been passed in Pakistan that bans Hafiz Saeed linked terror groups and foundations.

The move, which ends an old discrepancy between the United Nations sanctions list and the national listing of terrorist groups and individuals, has come over a week before the crucial Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris, scheduled to be held from Feb 18 to 23.

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. A special United Nations team had visited Pakistan last month to monitor the progress made on sanctions placed on these outfits.

At the November 2017 meeting of the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) in Argentina, India scored a big victory when its resolution calling attention to Pakistan's support to the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e- Mohammad and affiliated groups like Jamaat-ud-Dawa resulted in strong censure of the government and the State bank of Pakistan, with a demand for a full report ahead of the February plenary.

The FATF maintains grey and black lists for identifying countries with weak measures to combat money laundering and terror financing.

It remains to be seen if the new move saves Pakistan the blushes of being grey-listed again after 2015.

This will increase the cost of doing worldwide transactions and ultimately higher cost of doing business locally.

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