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Pakistan extends ban on terror groups, individuals identified by United Nations

15 February 2018

The move to amend the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 ends an old discrepancy between the United Nations sanctions list and the national listing of terrorist groups and individuals, the report said.

The seminary has been handed over to the Auqaf department which controls the religious properties, Dawn reported.

"It is time for that to stop, and so we are working with our allies, who also are affected, to see effective action against groups such as the Haqqanis and elements of the Taleban", said the official, referring to militants operating along the border with Afghanistan.

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The official said the government had directed the district administration to also check the details of students and teachers of the JuD-run seminaries as well as doctors and paramedical staff of the FIF dispensaries.

However, observers believe that it would be a hard task for the government to take over JuD offices scattered across the country.

"We have received the interior ministry directions, and according to that, Hafiz Saeed and his charities, like JuD and FIF, have been banned to operate in Pakistan", Sanaullah told Reuters. While some say the move comes due to Indian and United States pressure, the ban comes just before the three-day meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris on Sunday.

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On Monday, Pakistan announced it had amended its anti-terrorism law to ban militant groups and organisations that are listed as "terrorists" by the United Nations, a move seen to be targeting those charities.

The intergovernmental body had at its plenary in Buenos Aires held in November a year ago had asked Pakistan to furnish a compliance report on actions taken against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and JuD at the Paris meeting. The step was taken after Pakistan issued an ordinance, amending a decades-old anti-terrorism law, to allow authorities to act against outlawed charities, groups or individuals listed by the U.N. Security Council.

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 from Pakistan said.

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Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the Mumbai attacks and a Pakistani court saw insufficient evidence to convict him.

Pakistan extends ban on terror groups, individuals identified by United Nations