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Pak decides to get tough on UN-banned outfits

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

President Mamnoon Hussain has signed an ordinance aimed at reigning in individuals and organisations like the Let, and Taliban, which have been banned by the UN Security Council, a media report said today.

The ordinance amends a section of the Anti-Act (ATA), enabling the authorities to take action against the UNSC-proscribed individuals and terror outfits, like sealing their offices and freezing their bank accounts, The Express Tribune reported.

The sources in the National Counter Authority (NACTA) confirmed the new move, saying the ministries of Interior, Finance and Foreign Affairs as well as NACTA's Counter Financing of (CFT) wing are working together on the matter.

An in the Presidency familiar with the development confirmed the said legislation but refused to share details, saying the was the notifying authority.

"The relevant ministry will notify and comment on it," the said.

It is learnt that the authorities are bound under international obligations to take measures against such outfits under the framework of the (FATF) an international body that combats money laundering and terrorist financing.

The UNSC sanctions list includes Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e- Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, (JuD), (FIF), (Let) and others.

In December last year, the government had planned to take over two charities belonging to the JuD and the FIF and an action plan in this connection was supposed to be submitted.

Last month, the government had also banned companies and individuals from making donations to the JuD, the FIF and other organisations.

Jundullah was the last organisation declared "proscribed" by the government of on January 31, 2018 on the NACTA website. However, the JuD and the FIF continue to be on the NACTA "watch list".

Laskar-e-was declared a banned organisation under the UNSC resolution 1267 in 2005.

The in 2014 had named the JuD as a "foreign terrorist organisation", a designation that freezes assets the organisation has under the US jurisdiction.

also blamed JuD Saeed for the attacks of November 2006, but argues that has failed to provide incriminating evidence against him, the report said.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 14:30 IST