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Hafiz Saeed officially declared 'terrorist' by Pakistan

15 February 2018

President Mamnoon Hussain signed the new ordinance paving the way for the government to proceed against suspected masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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. They are also being used as human shields and also to organise anti-India or anti-U.S. protests.

Saeed, one of the founders of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba ("Army of the Pure" or LeT), is banned on the worldwide terrorism blacklist maintained by the United Nations.

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The organisation in its last plenary meeting, held in November in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, had instructed Pakistan to submit a compliance report on the action it took against Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawah at the upcoming plenary in Paris. The protesters were holding a banner which said that Kashmir is the integral part of Pakistan and support would continue to be extended for the liberation of Kashmir. But, he hasn't been tried judicially by the Pakistani authorities until now, and was let go past year from house arrest as the Home department had decided against filing any criminal case against him.

A notification, issued by the ministry on January 31, states that the organisation is acting in a manner that "may be concerned in terrorism".

The ordinance amends a section of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 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.

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It is understandable that the government does not want to raise controversy locally by targeting Hafiz Saeed; however it is dire time to apply the laws in practical ground.

"We are now working with the US, UK, Germany and France for the nomination to be withdrawn", Ismail said. In December, Pakistan's government drew up plans to seize control of Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation charities.

Of late, Pakistan has been trying hard to please the worldwide community by cracking down on terror organisations and individuals operating from its soil. Critics say previous such efforts have faded once pressure onPakistan eased.

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Hafiz Saeed officially declared 'terrorist' by Pakistan