Pakistan Bans Charities Linked To Mumbai 'Terrorist' Suspect

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Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has said he will challenge Pakistan government's "illegal" crackdown against his entities in the court.

Pakistan on Wednesday banned two charities linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, an official said on Wednesday, in a move against the UN-designated "terrorist" who the US says was behind an attack on Mumbai in 2008.

"We've received the interior ministry directions, and according to that, Hafiz Saeed and his charities, like JuD and FIF, have been banned to operate in Pakistan", Sanaullah told Reuters news agency. Washington had offered $10 million for information leading to Saeed's arrest and conviction and had dubbed his charities as fronts for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist organisation that India and the USA blame for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that left 166 people dead.

The move comes days before a six-day multi-national Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris where Pakistan is likely to be "grey-listed" for money-laundering and terror-financing, is being seen as an eyewash by experts.

Rawalpindi commissioner Nadeem Aslam told Reuters that officials had "taken over all the JuD and FIF assets" and that the "takeover was complete".

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However, organisations were not put in schedule I of the Anti-Terror law which defines placement of any organisation on the banned list.

Earlier this week, Pakistani media reported that the country has promulgated an ordinance to ban outfits designated by the United Nations as "terrorist organisations". The responsibility lay squarely on the government shoulders because they had failed to pursue any cases against him investigating his involvement in terrorist activities. After the LeT was banned, it had been operating under the cover of its charity wings, the JUD and FIF.

Following orders by the Punjab government, district administration of Rawalpindi took control of a seminary and four dispensaries run by Saeed-linked Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).

In August, the LeT launched a political party, the Milli Muslim League (MML), and took part in a by-election in the eastern city of Lahore.

However, two months later, the Election Commission of Pakistan rejected its registration due to its links with JuD and FIF.