Hafiz Saeed-backed terror group banned by Pakistan

After getting a hard-line from the Trump administration that it is considering amplified drone strikes on terror camps in Pakistan, Pak has banned the terror group Tehreek-eAzadi-Jammu & Kashmir headed by Hafiz Saeed ,the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

According to the website of Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority, Pakistan has now put this JuD proxy on the list of proscribed organizations, as of June 8.

Hafiz Saeed has been under “house arrest” since January 2017.The JuD is also on the ‘under watch’ list. According to a media report, Saeed – likely having gotten wind of action against him – began moving some of JuD’s India-targeted operations to the Tehreek-e-Azaad-e-Kashmir as early as January 14.

As reported ten days ago that US government is considering amplified drone strikes on terror camps in Pakistan. Moreover, a joint statement of India and USA during the trip of PM Modi to USA has also given a stern warning to Islamabad regarding the terror camps in its territory.

Markedly, the banning also comes in front of the inter-governmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF) scheduled to update its evaluation of “high-risk and non-cooperative jurisdictions” next month, which the Associated Press (AP) reported about earlier this June.

FATF was set up to implement legal, regulatory and operational measures to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats.

According to analysts, “India, Afghanistan and even many US lawmakers have said many times that Pakistan fosters terror safe havens. The very fact that it allows outfits like the JuD to operate with impunity is a clear sign Pakistan is culpable in stoking terror.”

The LeT morphed into the JuD, and with the JuD put on an ‘under watch’ list, arose Tehreek-eAzadi-Jammu & Kashmir.


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