Pakistan begins seizing assets of terrorist-linked charity


ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Wednesday (February 14) began seizing assets from the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), the charity wing of a UN-designated terrorist organisation, said officials.

The FIF is part of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), whose leader, Hafiz Saeed, is a prime suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The move comes as Washington pushes Islamabad to act against Saeed after he was released from house arrest in Lahore.

The Interior Ministry ordered authorities to take over "assets (moveable, immoveable and human resource) associated with" two of Hafiz Saeed's organisations, according to a notification that was obtained by AFP and dated Saturday (February 10).

A senior Interior Ministry official confirmed the order.

"Medical centres owned by FIF have been taken over by the government," the official said, adding that the health facilities and ambulances were now classified as property of the Punjab government.

The move comes after Pakistan quietly amended its anti-terror laws to ban organisations listed as terrorists by the United Nations.

President Mamnoon Hussain made the change Friday (February 9), and the Ministry of Law and Justice published it Monday (February 12).

"The amendment means that all individuals and entities listed by the United Nations also stand banned under Pakistani laws now," a senior government official told AFP.

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