Islamabad, Feb 21: The Pakistan government has seized control of the charities run by terrorist Hafiz Saeed‘s banned outfits– Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation(FIF). The property which has come under their 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.
Recently, the government banned JuD and FIF across Pakistan, freezing their moveable 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.