ISLAMABAD- Last week, Pakistan quietly pushed forward a decree that would put terror group Jamaat-ud Dawa, led by Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, on the list of banned terrorist individuals and organisations.
Islamabad further approved the United Nations' list of banned terrorist organisations by barring them in Pakistan as well.
The move spells bad news for several terror entities such as Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harkat-ul Mujahideen, which are among the 27 banned outfits on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) list.
“President Mamnoon Hussain last Friday quietly promulgated an ordinance amending the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 with regards to proscription of terrorist individuals and organisations to include entities listed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) — in a move that would end a longstanding ambiguity over the status of Hafiz Saeed-linked Jamaatud Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) by firmly placing them on the list of proscribed groups,” said Pakistani daily Dawn.
“It was feared that FATF, under pressure from the US and India, would place Pakistan on its grey list, which in turn could raise the cost of doing international financial transactions for Pakistan,” reported Dawn.