New Delhi: Pakistan National Security Committee (NSC) on Thursday ordered acceleration of anti-terrorism operations and reinstated a ban on Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamat-ud-Dawa and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, news agency ANI reported.
A spokesman of interior ministry said that the decision to ban these groups was taken during a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) held at the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday. “It was decided during the meeting to accelerate action against proscribed organisations,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“It was further decided that Jamat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation be notified as proscribed organizations by the Ministry of Interior,” he added.
Earlier, the two outfits were kept on the watch list of the interior ministry. The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, reviewed the National Action Plan against terrorism in detail. Services chiefs and key ministers were in attendance.
India has been pushing Pakistan to bring to justice the planners of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Saeed is the co-founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was responsible for the attack in which 166 people were killed.
Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and the UN after the 2008 Mumbai attack and was put under house arrest in November 2008 but freed by a court some months later. He carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for his role in terror activities.
This year the United States had made it clear that Hafiz Saeed should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The announcement came after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had said that no action could be taken against the UN-designated terrorist.
US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert had said, “We have made our points and concerns to the Pakistani government very clear. We believe that this individual should be prosecuted.”
In November 2017, the Pakistan Prime Minister had claimed that India has provided ‘no evidence’ against Saeed on the basis of which he can be prosecuted.