Pakistan Bans Terror Groups Including Hafiz Saeed’s JuD
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain signed an ordinance aimed at reigning in individuals and organisations like the LeT, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, which have been banned by the UN Security Council, a media report said on 12 February.
Sources in the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) confirmed the new move, saying the ministries of Interior, Finance and Foreign Affairs as well as NACTA's Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFT) wing are working together on the matter.
An official in the Presidency familiar with the development confirmed the said legislation but refused to share details, saying the Ministry of Defence was the notifying authority.
"The relevant ministry will notify and comment on it," the official said.
The UNSC sanctions list includes Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) and others.
Last month, the government had also banned companies and individuals from making donations to the JuD, the FIF and other organisations.
Jundullah was the last organisation declared "proscribed" by the government of Pakistan on 31 January 2018 on the NACTA website. However, the JuD and the FIF continue to be on the NACTA "watch list".
The US State Department in 2014 had named the JuD as a "foreign terrorist organisation", a designation that freezes assets the organisation has under the US jurisdiction.
India also blamed JuD leader Saeed for the Mumbai attacks of November 2006, but Pakistan argues that New Delhi has failed to provide incriminating evidence against him, the report said.