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President Mamnoon Hussain promulgates ordinance to include JuD, FIF among banned groups

President Mamnoon Hussain promulgates ordinance to include JuD, FIF among banned groups

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated a new ordinance 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 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.

Islamabad has reacted angrily to United States threats of further punitive measures.

Islamabad: in what could be viewed as cosmetic action, the Pakistan's Punjab government has launched a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Rawalpindi.

President Mamnoon Hussain signed the ordinance last week, but it was made public on Monday, according to the Hindustan Times.It goes into effect immediately. It was feared that FATF, under pressure from the U.S. and India, would place Pakistan on its grey list, which in turn could raise the cost of doing worldwide financial transactions for Pakistan.

Earlier in November previous year, FATF at its plenary in Buenos Aires had asked Pakistan provide a compliance report on actions taken against Lashkar-e-Taiba and JuD at Paris meeting.

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The intergovernmental body had at its plenary in Buenos Aires held in November previous year had asked Pakistan to furnish a compliance report on actions taken against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and JuD at the Paris meeting.

In this regard, a UN Security Council team visited Pakistan in January to track the progress of the steps taken by Pakistan to adhere to FATF guidelines.

FATF has been evaluating Pakistan's records on Financing terror groups and this US-India attempt may have led to this decision on Saeed.

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. In December, Pakistan's government drew up plans to seize control of Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation charities.

"We are now working with the US, UK, Germany and France for the nomination to be withdrawn", Ismail said. Pakistan has not officially banned Hafiz Saeed linked JuD and FIF.