The US President, Donald Trump’s scathing remarks on Pakistan’s double standards on terrorism seems to have had the right effect. Pakistan has henceforth added Hafiz Saeed’s ‘Jamaat-ud-Dawah’ (JuD) to its list of banned outfits.
The warning was put in the form of an advertisement in all the major Urdu newspapers of the country. The advertisement included 72 groups in the list of banned outfits and the name of JuD, Lashkar-e-Tabia, Falah-e-Insaniyat (FIF) and Jaish-e-Mohammad featured among them. The first three organizations were headed by the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Hafiz Saeed and the last was led by Masood Azhar. The list was released by the Interior Ministry of Pakistan as reported by the Express Tribune.
This announcement came in the wake of US decision to withhold its $2 billion security aid payments to Islamabad. The advertisement stated that as per the UN Security Council Act of 1948 and Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997, funding groups, which were blacklisted by them or on the watch-list was considered a crime. Those found guilty of funding such groups or individuals by way of charity were liable to a fine of Rs 10 million or a jail term of five to ten years or both. Additionally, there would be confiscation of their immovable and movable property too.
Pakistan issued a warning to Saeed led FIF and JuD on Monday from collecting donations after being accused by Donald Trump for furnishing only ‘lies and deceit’ to the US and offering a ‘safe haven to terrorists’. At the beginning of the New Year, Trump tweeted that American authorities were fooled by Pakistan into giving aid amounting to $33 billion for the sake of fighting terrorism.
The increased pressure from US led the Pakistan government to take swift action and ban individuals and companies from making donations to the blacklisted outfits. The advertisement acts as a reminder to the people to thoroughly check and ensure that their donations do not fall into wrong hands.