Pak places extra curbs on Hafiz Saeed, Azhar, Dawood Ibrahim to keep away from FATF blacklisting

Islamabad, August 22

Seeking to wriggle out of the FATF’s gray checklist, Pakistan has imposed robust monetary sanctions on 88 banned terror teams and their leaders, together with Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim, by ordering the seizure of all of their properties and freezing of financial institution accounts, a media report mentioned on Saturday.

The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) put Pakistan on the gray checklist in June 2018 and requested Islamabad to implement a plan of motion by the top of 2019, however the deadline was prolonged later attributable to COVID-19 pandemic.

The authorities issued two notifications on August 18 saying sanctions on key figures of terror outfits resembling 26/11 Mumbai assault mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Saeed, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Azhar, and underworld don Ibrahim.

Ibrahim, who heads an enormous and multifaceted unlawful enterprise, has emerged as India’s most needed terrorist after the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

The Pakistan authorities has proscribed 88 leaders and members of terrorist teams, in compliance with the brand new checklist issued by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) just lately, Pakistani day by day The News reported.

The notifications introduced sanctions on key figures of terror outfits such because the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), JeM, Taliban, Daesh, Haqqani Group, al-Qaeda, and others.

The authorities ordered the seizure of all movable and immovable properties of those outfits and people, and freezing of their financial institution accounts, the report mentioned.

These terrorists have been barred from transferring cash by monetary establishments, buying of arms and travelling overseas, it mentioned.

The notifications ratified a whole ban on all leaders and members of defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) hiding within the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas.

The paper reported that Saeed, Azhar, Mullah Fazlullah (alias Mullah Radio), Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Muhammad Yahya Mujahid, Abdul Hakeem Murad, needed by Interpol, Noor Wali Mehsud, Fazal Raheem Shah of Uzbekistan Liberation Movement, Taliban leaders Jalaluddin Haqqani, Khalil Ahmad Haqqani, Yahya Haqqani, and Ibrahim and his associates had been on the checklist.

The notifications mentioned that management of the defunct TTP, and different organisations together with Lashkar-e-Taiba, JeM, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tariq Geedar group of TTP, Harkatul Mujahideen, Al Rasheed Trust, Al Akhtar Trust, Tanzim Jaish-al Mohajireen Ansar, Jamaat-ul Ahrar, Tanzim Khutba Imam Bukhari, Rabita Trust Lahore, Revival of Islamic Heritage Society of Pakistan, Al-Haramain Foundation Islamabad, Harkat Jihad Al Islami, Islami Jihad Group, Uzbekistan Islami Tehreek, Daesh of Iraq, Emirates of Tanzim Qafqaz working towards Russia, and Abdul Haq of Uyghurs of Islamic Freedom Movement of China have been banned.

Though varied sanctions had been in place towards nearly all of these listed by the us, the federal government by the brand new notifications consolidated and documented the beforehand introduced measures, the report mentioned.

The UNSC Sanctions Committee offers with sanctions on entities and people declared as terrorists. All states, together with Pakistan, are sure to implement the sanctions which embody belongings freeze, an arms embargo, and journey ban.

It is believed that the newest transfer by the Pakistan authorities is a part of its efforts to wriggle out of the gray checklist of the worldwide cash laundering and terrorist financing watchdog FATF.

On August 12, Pakistan Parliament’s decrease home handed 4 payments associated to the robust circumstances set by the FATF  after the federal government and the Opposition reached a consensus.

The laws was a part of the efforts by Pakistan to maneuver from the FATF’s gray checklist to the white checklist.

In its third and remaining plenary held just about as a result of COVID-19 pandemic in June, the FATF determined to maintain Pakistan within the “grey list” as Islamabad did not verify the move of cash to terror teams like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). The plenary was held underneath the Chinese Presidency of Xiangmin Liu.

With Pakistan’s continuation within the ‘grey list’, it will likely be troublesome for the nation to get monetary assist from the IMF, World Bank, ADB, and the European Union, thus additional enhancing issues for the nation which is in a precarious monetary scenario.

If Pakistan fails to adjust to the FATF directive by October, there may be each risk that the worldwide physique could put the nation within the ‘Black List’ together with North Korea and Iran.

The FATF is an inter-governmental physique established in 1989 to fight cash laundering, terrorist financing, and different associated threats to the integrity of the worldwide monetary system.

The FATF at present has 39 members, together with two regional organisations – the European Commission and Gulf Cooperation Council. — PTI

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