Islamabad, Feb 13: The Pakistan government officially declared Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed a terrorist. Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday signed an ordinance that brings all individuals and organisations banned by the UN Security Council (UNSC), including Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Al-Qaeda and Taliban under the ambit of the country’s stringent Anti-Terrorism Act.
The ordinance amends a section of the Anti-Terrorism Act and enables Pakistan government to take action against groups and individuals banned by the UNSC, reported India Today. The UNSC sanctions list includes Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), Lashkar-e-Taiba and others.
The sources in the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) confirmed the new move, saying the ministries of interior, finance and foreign affairs, as well as NACTA’s Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFT) wing, are working together on the matter, reported news agency PTI. Pakistan’s interior ministry had in January listed Hafiz Saeed’s JuD as one among 72 proscribed organisations.
Hafiz Saeed has a $10 million US bounty on his head and was freed after midnight of November 23 after 10 months of house arrest following an order from the Lahore High Court. Saeed, accused by the US and India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was placed under house arrest in January last year. Lashkar-e-Taiba was declared a banned organisation under the UNSC resolution 1267 in 2005.
The US State Department in 2014 had named the JuD as a “foreign terrorist organisation”, a designation that freezes assets the organisation has under the US jurisdiction.