Islamabad: In a major relief to United Nations-designated terrorist and 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, his Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) are no longer mentioned in the list of banned outfits. This comes since the presidential ordinance that prohibited the outfits under a UN resolution lapsed. In February, former Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated an ordinance amending the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, thereby banning terrorist individuals and organisations that were listed by the UN Security Council. The JuD and FIF were proscribed under this ordinance. (Also read: Imran Khan’s Minister Seen Sharing Stage With Hafiz Saeed)
According to a petition by Saeed, his counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi and Sohail Warraich told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday that the ordinance had lapsed and was never extended by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, The Dawn reported.
The globally designated terrorist challenged the ordinance under which his organisations, the JuD and FIF, were blacklisted for being on the watch list of the UN Security Council. In his plea, Saeed had claimed that the ordinance issued was against the sovereignty and the Constitution of Pakistan.
The counsel informed Justice Aamer Farooq of the IHC that the ordinance was neither extended by the current government nor it was tabled in the Pakistan Parliament to convert it into an act. Subsequently, the judge said that Saeed’s plea was no longer effective as the ordinance was not extended by the government.
The Pakistan government had banned terror organisations and individuals from making donations to JuD, FIF, and others on the UN Security Council sanctions list. The UNSC sanctions list includes the names of terror organisations such as al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, JuD, FIF, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Earlier this week, Saeed’s lawyer had challenged the arrest of PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif in a corruption case. AK Dogar filed the petition in the Lahore High Court challenging the authority of Pakistan’s anti-graft body – the National Accountability Bureau – to arrest Shahbaz Sharif, opposition leader in the National Assembly and younger brother of deposed premier Nawaz Sharif, in the Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Project case.