Pakistan bans Hafiz Saeed's JuD to avoid FATF downgrading

     
Feb 24, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Following global condemnation of the terror attack on CRPF troopers in Pulwama killing 40 jawans, Pakistan on Thursday banned the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamat-ud-Dawa and its charity wing Falah-e- Insaniat Foundation.

Official sources said the decision was taken by a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

"It was decided during the meeting to accelerate action against proscribed organisations," a spokesperson of the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

"It was further decided that Jamat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation be notified as proscribed organizations by the Ministry of Interior," it sid.

The decision came just before the Financial Action Task Force meeting in Paris was about to end. FATF downgrading could spell economic implications.

However, there was move against Jaish-e-Mohammed and its chief Masood Azhar although JeM had claimed the responsibility of the Pulwama suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14.

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