Pakistan amends Anti-Terrorism Act, bans individuals, groups including Hafiz Saeed

Islamabad: Pakistan has ‘quietly’ promulgated an ordinance amending the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, a move which would end the ambiguity over the status of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed, reported the Dawn. 

President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain last Friday quietly promulgated an ordinance with regards to proscription of terrorist individuals and organisations to include entities listed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Saeed is alleged to be the master mind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks by India.

The promulgation of the ordinance was made public on Monday.

The ordinance amends Sections 11-B and 11-EE of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 (XXVII of 1997). Section 11-B sets out parameters for proscription of groups, whereas 11-EE describes the grounds for listing of individuals.

Both sections would now include Sub-Section ‘aa’, according to which organisations and individuals “listed under the United Nations (Security Council) Act, 1948 (XIV of 1948), or” will be included in the First Schedule (for organisations) and Fourth Schedule (for individuals), respectively, on an ex-parte basis.

A major impact of the new ordinance would be the proscription of Hafiz Saeed-linked JuD and FIF along with the UN listed outfits of Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rashid Trust.


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