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

Jamaat-ud-Dawa, FIF banned in Pakistan under amended Anti-Terrorism Act

Jamaat-ud-Dawa, FIF banned in Pakistan under amended Anti-Terrorism Act

A report states that a US-India joint effort is attempting to put Pakistan in the "grey list" of FATF under financing terror groups and money laundering.

The federal government on Wednesday issued a notification to take over the assets of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Falah-i-Insaaniyat Foundation (FIF).

Pakistan has not officially banned Hafiz Saeed linked JuD and FIF.

The official said that the government had directed the district administration to also check the details of students and teachers of the JuD-run seminaries as well as doctors and paramedical staff of the FIF dispensaries.

Last week, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain had signed an ordinance amending the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

"The amendment means that all individuals and entities listed by the United Nations also stand banned under Pakistani laws now", a senior government official told AFP. Pakistan has informed the committee of the decision it has chose to undertake.

A group associated with the banned outfit, Al-Harmain Foundation, was also banned on charges of collecting funds, pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) of the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC).

Officials also fear it would be harder and more expensive for Pakistan to borrow money from the global debt markets if it was put on the FATF monitoring list.

It's the first step against Hafiz Saeed since he was freed in November on a court order.

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 past year before being freed on the orders of a panel of judges.

Pakistan was last placed on FATF's grey list in February 2012 and stayed on it for three years, the report said. It was feared that FATF, under pressure from the USA and India, would place Pakistan on its grey list, which in turn could raise the cost of doing worldwide financial transactions for Pakistan.

In a follow up action after promulgation of an ordinance amending Anti Terror Law by the country's president, Pakistan has started action against the religious schools and health facilities linked to Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) in Punjab.

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