Pakistan bans UN-listed 2008 Mumbai attacks suspect

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Rana Sanaullah, law minister for Punjab province, said on Wednesday that Pakistan's interior ministry had issued a notification against the Saeed-founded Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity, as well as its associated organisation, the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).

It had also not taken action against "proscribed groups" under UN Security Council Resolution 1267, such as the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation that continued to operate freely and raise funds, the report further mentioned.

In December past year, the Pakistan Government had planned to take over two charities belonging to Hafiz Saeed, the 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind, the JuD and the FIF.

"We've taken over all the JuD and FIF assets".

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The operations in Pakistan of Saeed's extensive network - which includes 300 seminaries and schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance services - has been a particular concern of the United States.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday signed an ordinance, aimed at cracking down on terrorist organisations and its individuals, which have been banned by United Nations Security Council (UNSC), according to sources. Pakistan was on the grey list of FATF earlier from 2012 to 2015.

Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure officials fear could hurt its economy.

Pakistani officials involved in the seizures of assets said failure to act against the charities could lead to Pakistan's inclusion on the FATF watchlist. 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. A special United Nations team had visited Pakistan last month to monitor the progress made on sanctions placed on these outfits.

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

This will increase the cost of doing global transactions and ultimately higher cost of doing business locally.

In December 2017, the government had planned to take over two charities belonging to Hafiz Saeed, the JuD and the FIF and an action plan in this connection was supposed to be submitted.

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