Pakistan officially bans two charities linked to 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed


Ahead of this amendment, United Nations identified groups and people banned by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Pakistan from collecting donations in the country.

The United States has labeled JuD and FIF "terrorist fronts" for Lashkar-e-Taiba ("Army of the Pure" or LeT), a group Saeed founded in 1987 and which Washington and India blame for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.

The US and India are spearheading an effort to get Pakistan included in the watchdogs worldwide money-laundering and terror-financing grey list, the paper said.

"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.

Authorities have begun seizing control of offices and financial assets of the charities founded by Hafiz Saeed, an official said.

The intergovernmental body had at its plenary in Buenos Aires held in November previous year had asked Pakistan to furnish a compliance report on actions taken against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and JuD at the Paris meeting.

"If you're put on a terror watchlist, you're made to go through all the (extra) scrutiny", Pakistan's former counterterrorism chief, Khawaja Khalid Farooq, told Reuters. A Pakistani court freed him from house arrest a year ago after ruling there was insufficient evidence to convict him. The amendments state that entities sanctioned by the UN Security Council will be proscribed in Pakistan on an "ex parte basis". The analysts fear that the FATF review this time could be tougher with some punitive action against Pakistan.

"We are now working with the US, UK, Germany and France for the nomination to be withdrawn", Ismail said.

The Pakistan Police on Monday removed barricades placed by members of Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah outside the group's headquarters. Critics say previous such efforts have faded once pressure onPakistan eased.

The interior ministry ordered authorities to take over "assets (moveable, immoveable and human resource) associated with" two of Hafiz Saeed's organisations, according to a notifcation that was obtained by AFP and dated to Saturday.