Govt issues notification to take over assets of JuD, FIF

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

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The action came after a high-level United Nations sanctions team's visit last month to review progress against groups and individuals banned by the world body.

A senior official of Rawalpindi district administration told media persons, "The provincial government handed over a list of four seminaries in Rawalpindi to the district administration".

"As per the instructions, we have already started taking over all the facilities, offices, schools, dispensaries and seminaries which belong to the JuD and FIF", he said.

He said that the government had constituted a joint team with the district administration, police and the Auqaf department to check the details.

Deputy Commissioner Talat Mehmood Gondal confirmed that the government had assumed control of one seminary and four dispensaries, run by JuD and the FIF, respectively.

He said a similar operation would also be launched in Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum districts. The JuD chief has announced plans to contest this year's general elections, even though the U.S. and India has pressurised the country to take action against the 26/11 mastermind.

Pakistan has come under intense pressure to act against terror groups after US President Donald Trump, in his first tweet of 2018, announced cutting all further aid to Islamabad on charges of "harbouring terrorists".

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

The organisation in its last plenary meeting, held in November in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, had instructed Pakistan to submit a compliance report on the action it took against Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawah at the upcoming plenary in Paris.

However, its officials and those of the Home Ministry say the plenary session of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on February 21 and 23 will decide on a resolution sponsored by four countries - the USA, the U.K., France and Germany - to name Pakistan in its public statement as a country that had not taken sufficient steps to counter money laundering and terror financing.

Pakistan was on the FATF watchlist from 2012 to 2015.

The LeT, which is responsible for numerous terror attacks in India, was declared "banned" under the UNSC resolution 1267 in 2005.

According to PTI, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain signed an ordinance last Friday, aimed at reining in individuals and organisations that have been banned by the United Nations Security Council.

Pakistan has come under intense pressure to rein in terror groups after the US President accused the country of harbouring terrorists and suspended almost Dollars 2 billion in security assistance to it.

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