New Delhi, Feb 24: The Pakistan government has banned outfits– Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation(FIF) but they are still operating their charities freely. Recently, the government has seized both charities run by terrorist Hafiz Saeed. The property which has come under government control includes a horse-breeding stable, a huge fleet of SUVs, martial arts classes and a swimming academy. The outfits employs thousands of workers and volunteers.
According to agency reports, officials in the Pakistan administration have said that they have not charted out any plans on how to run the network of Jamaat-ud-Dawa that includes Islamic seminaries, hospitals and schools.
However, in a video shows that these offices of the JuD and the FIF are running in Bhawalpur, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Multan, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Muzaffarabad, putting government in question.
Hafiz Saeed is the mastermind of Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people were killed and over 300 was injured. In 2008, 10 heavily-armed Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists entered Mumbai through boats and carried out coordinated shooting and bombing. India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded trial of Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of evidence it had provided to Islamabad.
Recently, the government banned JuD and FIF across Pakistan, freezing their movable and immovable assets under the amended Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, Pakistani media reported. The Ministry of Law and Justice in Pakistan announced on February 9 that Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain amended the Act via ordinance; thus, taking action against entities banned by the United Nations. Pakistan’s interior ministry ordered the freezing of assets, directing state governments to comply.
In January, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) barred companies and individuals from handing out doles to Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its affiliates.
Pakistan is under tremendous pressure from the United States to act against Hafiz Saeed. The United States President Donald Trump recently said that Pakistan was not doing enough to dismantle terror organisations operating from its soil.