The 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has said that he will challenge the government’s “illegal” action in the court of law following Pakistan launched a restriction on seminaries and health facilities run by him. Beneath the huge pressure to act against banned groups, Pakistan took control of a seminary and four dispensaries run by Saeed-linked Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).
“After detaining me for 10 months without any legal ground, the government has now issued a notification regarding taking over our schools, dispensaries, ambulances and other assets. It will hamper our relief operations in Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, Azad Kashmir and northern areas,” Saeed said following government’s action against him. As per the interior ministry notification, a copy of which available with PTI, “the federal government is pleased to direct that requisite actions with regard to freezing and taking over of assets (movable, immovable and human resource) associated with JuD and FIF shall be taken in pursuance of Ordinance No II of 2018.” The issuance date of notification is February 10.
The Punjab rural law minister Rana Sanaullah has also said that on the interior ministry’s guidelines, Hafiz Saeed and his charities have been banned to work in Pakistan and the government has already initiated taking over all the facilities, offices, schools, dispensaries and seminars that belong to the JuD and FIF. Hafiz Saeed, in a message to his workers, requested for calm and asked them not to give any violent reaction to the government against their charities. “This is the most difficult time but the workers must remain peaceful. The rulers are acting like more loyal than a king. India never bothered to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir but our rulers have got passed the president ordinance to take action against patriotic organisations like JuD and FIF,” Saeed said.
Hafiz Saeed added that Pakistani government is “taking extreme action against us” to please India and America. He said that “We will fight our case in court against this illegal action”, who is the leader of charity JuD, also believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group. Pakistan has come under extreme pressure to restrict in terror groups following US President Donald Trump accused the country of sheltering terrorists and suspended almost $2 billion in security help to it.