Hafiz Saeed to ‘challenge govt’ on freezing his assets

Hafiz Saeed to ‘challenge govt’ on freezing his assets
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LAHORE: Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has said he will challenge the government’s “illegal” action in the court of law after Pakistan launched a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by him, reported an Indian news agency. 
Saeed said the Pakistani government is “taking extreme action against us” to please America and India and that he will fight his “case in court against this illegal action.”
Pakistan has recently taken control of a seminary and four dispensaries run by Saeed-linked Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).
According to the interior ministry notification, “the federal government is pleased to direct that requisite actions with regard to freezing and taking over of assets (movable, immovable and human resource) associated with JuD and FIF shall be taken in pursuance of Ordinance No II of 2018.”
The notification issuance date is 10 February.
Punjab Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has also said that on the interior ministry’s directions, Hafiz Saeed and his charities have been banned to operate in Pakistan and the government have already started taking over all the facilities, offices, schools, dispensaries and seminaries that belong to the JuD and FIF.
The federal government on Wednesday issued a notification directing the authorities concerned to freeze the assets of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF)  under the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018.
On Monday, President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 that enables the government to impose a ban on the entities banned by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
He promulgated the ordinance in the exercise of the powers conferred by the clause (1) of the Article 89 of the Constitution in a further amendment of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
Following an amendment in Section 11-B and 11-EE of the ATA, the organisations and personnel banned through the UNSC’s resolution will stand banned in Pakistan too.
On Tuesday, the Interior Ministry placed a ban on terrorist outfit Jundullah.
A group associated with the banned outfit, Al-Harmain Foundation, was also banned on charges of collecting funds, pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) of the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC).
A notification, issued by the ministry on January 31, states that the organisation is acting in a manner that “may be concerned in terrorism”.
Earlier, the United States put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watch-list with an anti-money laundering monitoring group.
The United States has been threatening to get tough with Islamabad over its alleged ties with militants, and last month President Donald Trump’s administration suspended aid worth about $2 billion.
Islamabad denies assisting militants in Afghanistan and India. A meeting of FATF member states is due to take place next week in Paris, where the organisation could adopt the motion on Pakistan.

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