Pakistan Bans Charities Linked To UN-Designated 'Terrorist'

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Washington has offered $10 million for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

On Wednesday, Pakistan's interior Ministry a notification to immediately acquire and seize the movable and immovable assets of the Jamaat-ud-dawa (JuD) and the Falah-i-insaniyat Foundation (FIF). The changes in the law ended the difference between the United Nations sanctions list and the national listing of terrorist groups and individuals. "We have received the interior ministry directions and, according to that, Hafiz Saeed and his charities, like JuD and FIF, have been banned from operating in Pakistan", Sanaullah told media.

The US has labelled JuD and FIF "terrorist fronts" for LeT. Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in violence, including the Mumbai attacks.

The US and India are spearheading an effort to get Pakistan included in the watchdog's worldwide money-laundering and terror-financing "grey list", reports said. A Pakistani court freed him from house arrest past year after ruling there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

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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"The provincial government handed over a list of four seminaries in Rawalpindi to the district administration".

"There is no justification for the USA move as we have already taken the required actions", Miftah Ismail, an advisor to the prime minister on finance, who effectively acts as the finance minister, told local broadcaster Geo News. Pakistan has come under intense pressure to rein in terror groups after US President Donald Trump accused the country of harbouring terrorists and suspended almost $2 billion in security assistance to it. "We've completed the takeover", Rawalpindi commissioner Nadeem Aslam told Reuters. To prepare legal grounds for action against Saeed's network, the government had amended the country's anti-terrorism law last Friday through a presidential ordinance. The federal cabinet yesterday approved new rules to block funding for banned groups.

"The government is confiscating the JuD and FIF's assets just to appease U.S and India, which is affecting our humanitarian services, especially in health and education sectors across the country", Yahya Mujahid, a JuD spokesman, told reporters.

Authorities said 166 people were killed in that attack. "The four men were shot in the head", Khan said, adding that handguns were used in the attack.