Pakistan to take over assets of Hafiz Saeed's JuD, and FIF

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Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has promulgated an ordinance to amend the country's Anti-Terrorism Act to list groups sanctioned by the UN Security Council - including the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) - as terrorist organisations.

In January, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan issued a notification to all companies, prohibiting them from donating money to the entities and individuals listed under the United Nations sanctions committee's consolidated list. Pakistan was on the FATF watchlist from 2012 to 2015.

The amendment paved the way for proscription of Hafiz Saeed and his charity organisations, which were till now exempted from prosecution.

The United States has labelled JuD and FIF "terrorist fronts" for LeT. Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in violence, including the Mumbai attacks.

The National Security Committee (NSC) - the country's top civil-military coordination committee - held a meeting on February 2 to analyse whether the federal and provincial governments have adhered to the guidelines issued by the FATF past year.

In the city of Rawalpindi, located in Punjab province adjacent to the capital Islamabad, district officers had begun taking over the charities' offices, a city official said.

Rawalpindi commissioner Nadeem Aslam told Reuters that officials had "taken over all the JuD and FIF assets" and that the "takeover was complete". "We have removed blockades from 26 places, including JuD headquarters in accordance with the Supreme Court's orders", said DIG (Lahore) Dr. Haider Ashraf. Health facilities will now come under Red Crescent while schools will be taken over by the provincial government.

Amid increasing pressure from the global community, Pakistan on Wednesday began seizing assets and funds belonging to Islamic charities linked to a radical cleric wanted by the USA, officials said.

A spokesman for the FIF did not reply to calls and messages for comment.

It also suspended more than $1.15bn in security assistance to the South Asian nation, saying Pakistan will get the funds if it shows visible anti-terror measures.

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