The mastermind behind the terrifying 26/11 Mumbai blasts and Jamaat-ud-Dawah, Hafiz Saeed, has been declared a terrorist by Pakistan after ignoring for so long. This episode took place following Pakistan police on Monday removed barricades placed by members of Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah outside the group’s headquarters.
The blockade had been set up a decade ago for the security concerns. “We have removed blockades from 26 places, including JuD headquarters in accordance with the Supreme Court’s orders,” said DIG (Lahore) Dr. Haider Ashraf. 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. Talking about the UN list, they have banned a total of 27 outfits and the amendment in Section 11-B and 11-EE of the ATA spells trouble for the likes of Saeed.
The move came just days before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris where rumors were widespread of Pakistan being added to the greylist under pressure from the United States of America and India. Arriving on the list would surge the cost of doing international business and getting involved in cross-border transactions for Pakistan. Ahead of this amendment, UN identified groups and people banned by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Pakistan from collecting donations in the country.