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Pakistan declares 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed a terrorist, under global pressure
Posted on: 13-02-2018 , 10:45:AM | DY365 Bureau

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February 13, 2018: In a recent development, Pakistan declared Hafiz Saeed - the 26/11 Mumbai blasts mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader – a terrorist.


Earlier, the US State Department in 2014 had named the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) as a "foreign terrorist organisation", a designation that freezes assets the organisation has under the US jurisdiction. India also blamed JuD leader Saeed for the Mumbai attacks of November 2006, but Pakistan argues that New Delhi has failed to provide incriminating evidence against him, the report said.
As per reports, Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday signed an ordinance that brings all individuals and organisations banned by the UN Security Council (UNSC) - including 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his group, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) as terror outfit. The ordinance aims at reigning in individuals and organisations like this.
The ordinance amends a section of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 - which goes into effect immediately - enabling the authorities to take action against the UNSC-proscribed individuals and terror outfits, like sealing their offices and freezing their bank accounts.
There are a total of 27 banned outfits in the UN list and the amendment in Section 11-B and 11-EE of the ATA spells trouble for the likes of Saeed.
The sources in the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) confirmed the new move, saying the ministries of Interior, Finance and Foreign Affairs as well as NACTA's Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFT) wing are working together on the matter.
An official in the Presidency familiar with the development confirmed the said legislation but refused to share details, saying the Ministry of Defence was the notifying authority.
Reportedly, the authorities are bound under international obligations to take measures against such outfits under the framework of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) an international body that combats money laundering and terrorist financing.
It may be stated that the move came days before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris where rumors were widespread of Pakistan being added to the grey list under pressure from the United States of America and India. Being on the list would increase the cost of doing international business and getting involved in cross-border transactions for Pakistan. The Islamic Republic was on this list in February 2012, a tag which stayed with it for three years.
The UNSC sanctions list includes Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) and others.

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