Pakistan declares Hafiz Saeed a terrorist

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The President Mamnoon Hussain signed an ordinance on Tuesday that takes all individuals and organizations banned by the United Nations Security Council, like Jamaat-ud-Dawah, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Harkat-ul Mujahideen, under the domain of the amended Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997.

The move to amend the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 ends an old discrepancy between the United Nations sanctions list and the national listing of terrorist groups and individuals, the report said.

Aslam said he did not know the exact number of offices and seminaries involved in the asset seizure but data was being compiled in all four districts of Rawalpindi division and he expected full details of the assets.

Pakistan has finally declared alleged Mumbai terror attack's mastermind Hafiz Mohammed Saeed under a new ordinance.

Resolution 1267 requires all states to freeze the assets of people and organisations on a list established by the resolution, including Saeed and his "charities".

The meeting of the Financial Action Task Force is set to meet in Paris on February 18. A meeting of FATF member states is due to take place next week in Paris, where the organisation could adopt the motion on Pakistan. 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.

Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf told Reuters the law changes approved by the country's president were meant to reflect obligations under the UN Security Council charter.

The US reacted sharply to his release, asking Pakistan to make the "right decision" and take action.

Pakistan's top civil-military coordination forum had reviewed the steps taken by the federal and provincial governments for compliance with FATF requirements in view of the upcoming FATF plenary meeting, which will take up a report to be submitted by Pakistan on actions taken to choke funding of JuD chief Saeed and the organisations linked with him. Critics say previous such efforts have faded once pressure onPakistan eased.

"We are now working with the US, UK, Germany and France for the nomination to be withdrawn", Ismail said.

Amid the constant insistence, Pakistan announced hefty punishment and fines to those providing funds to 72 banned groups including Saeed's JuD.

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