Pakistan seizes assets from JuD militant group

US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert

US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert

The move comes days ahead of a scheduled February 18-23 meeting in Paris of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money-laundering watchdog that will consider a US-sponsored motion to place Pakistan on a "grey list" list of countries failing to prevent terrorism financing.

On Thursday, Pakistan government started taking over Jamaat-ud-dawa (JuD) and the Falah-i-insaniyat Foundation's (FIF) assets. This included 300 seminaries and schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance services.

Pakistan banned the LeT but allowed its charity wings to continue operating. The US labelled JuD a terrorist front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and said that many Indians and some Americans died in the Mumbai attacks.

Reacting to the government's move, a JuD spokesman said the action is an attempt to "appease the U.S and India". The Balochistan government has stated there is no presence of JuD and FIF in the province and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is yet to send its reply on the matter, he further said.

Aslam said he did not have an exact number of offices and seminaries involved in the asset seizure but data was being compiled in all four districts of Rawalpindi division and he expected full details of the assets.

It is pertinent to mention here that as of press time Jundullah that was on Tuesday put under similar restrictions by the Interior Ministry will not be using the same JeM PayPal account is still exploring options, sources told The Dependent.

Saeed also appealed to his workers not to resort to any violence during the sealing drive.

However, it is unclear whether the JuD and the FIF had been added to the list of banned organisations of the interior ministry by placing both in the Schedule I (a list that maintains banned organizations) or not.

That would make it harder for foreigners to do business in the nuclear-armed South Asian nation.

The FATF removed Pakistan from its grey list owing to its improvement in combating the twin menaces of money laundering and terrorist financing.

But after two years, FATF removed Pakistan from its list in 2015 after the latter while working with the Asia Pacific Group addressed the full range of AML/CFT issues identified in its mutual evaluation report, in particular, fully implementing UNSC Resolution 1267.

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